You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*

Hallo! Ich bin Elena! Willkommen auf meinem Reiseblog Creativelena.com.
Ich bin die Kreativreisende, und Du offensichtlich neugierig.

*Was ist "Kreativ Reisen"? Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen liefert Dir mein Reisehandbuch "The Creative Traveler's Handbook". Am liebsten reise ich im Rhythmus der Einheimischen und bin dazu bereits ein paar Mal um die Welt. Sechssprachig. Mit viel Charme, Herz und Hirn. Dies hat mich sowohl ruhig als auch rastlos gestimmt: In der Fähigkeit, inspirierende Geschichten über außergewöhnliche Menschen und Regionen zu erzählen, liegt mein größtes Lebensglück. Viel Vergnügen & Inspiration beim Stöbern durch meine Reisegeschichten!

Creative Travel

Creative travel, hands-on workshops, cooking & craft lessons, painting, photography or simply preferring to speak four languages a day: Do you also prefer listening to locals’ advice, being off rather than on stage, being a traveller rather than a tourist? Then Creativelena’s Travel Blog is just what you are looking for!
Roaming my own home country Austria for great local pieces of advice, I also report on my travels around Europe, Asia, South America and Australia / New Zealand in both English and German with a focus on culinary, creative & curious travel stories. Enjoy!


Eating London Food Tour: Exploring Spitalfields Market & Brick Lane in East London

“You will go very far, considering your enthusiasm and energy Elena!” Nicole’s words still ring in my ears when I think back of my recent #foodlover exploration of East London thanks to Eating London Tours. Enthusiasm, energy and an appetite for life are definitely what drive me these days, as I am travelling round the world researching creative culinary travel tips in far-flung […]


Creative Iceland: The Reykjavik Of Elves, Dwarfs, Artists & The Hidden People

Exiting the plane, I take a deep breath in this far-flung country of Iceland, sitting right below the Arctic Circle some 60° latitude north. I realize I have never been this far north in my whole life. Iceland. What a mystery this name bears, even – or especially – to a world traveller like myself. […]


Nominated for the “Liebster” Award: 11 Travel Questions & Answers by Creativelena

“Dear Elena. I would like to nominate you and your blog for the ‘Liebster Award’ – care to answer a few questions? Kind regards, Eva.” Eva’s message reaches me on 25 September 2014 after having already been nominated by Tanja a day earlier.! I am actually on a trip exploring the legendary BURGENland in the […]


“O PORTO ENCANTA” … Love & Magic on the road.

Dear readers. “I am so inspired”. (#Ibinsoinspiriert). Only recently, my dear friends & fellow travel bloggers here in Austria have assigned me this unique local lingo hashtag. I guess a big part of it is owed by the fact that Creativelena has forever (been) inspired by writing & sharing stories on her travel blog. And […]

Zu guter Letzt stehen wir alle wie Freunde "rund um den heißen Brei": Eine Stadtführung mit Biss, bzw. der etwas anderen Art, bietet die liebe Filipa Valente mit ihren "Taste Of Lisboa" Food Tours.

“Taste of Lisboa”: Foodlover City Exploration of Lisbon, Portugal.

Magic fills the air, uplifting both our spirits and the clouds in an otherwise perfectly blue sky. It is the beginning of October here in Lisbon, and we are yet to wander around sun-kissed by summertime. Temperatures day and night are somewhere between 20°C to 30°C, inspiring us to unpack our summer dresses once more, beaming back […]

... heißt überaus freundlich empfangen zu werden!

Creative Travel in Portugal: Pottery, Painting, Weaving, Cooking & More!

I have really come to love “my” Portugal. The people, the soul, the culture of this land, last but not least its beautiful, melodious language, have completely drawn me in. Already in my first article about creative travel in the Algarve region, I have shared with you some alternative travel tips in this sunny southern district […]

Vielen Dank für diese ersten, kreativen Begegnungen mit den Einwohnern der Stadt Loulé hier in der Algarve Portugals!

Creative Travel in Portugal: Loulé as a Capital of Crafts in the Algarve

The sky is a brilliant blue, reflecting the sun-kissed, light-hearted atmosphere of the city of Loulé and its people. I time-travel back from autumn into summer. At least this is what it feels like for me as a Central European, taking a deep breath and immediately feeling wrapped up by the light-hearted atmosphere myself. At […]

Von wegen "Viele Köche verderben den Brei!" Birgit hat's heraußen ...

Behind The Scenes of Salzburg: Tasty Dumplings & Totally Awesome “Moor” Food!

Open or secret: Gourmet foodie travel continues to be a topic of huge interest here in Austria. And especially Salzburg, thanks to being the nation’s “secret beer capital” and home to the annual Eat & Meet Genussfestival, deserves a mention here, what with food tours around the city getting more and more popular, too! We have just come off […]

Die Ankunft bei Doris Schreiber sieht in etwa so aus: Gleich wird uns der frisch geschnittene Kräuter- & Blumenkorb unter die Nase gehalten, welche wir später in unserem Suppentopf und auf den Tellern wiederfinden!

Hiking Destination Upper Waldviertel: Culinary-Creative Travel Tips

The hiking trail along the Lainsitz river is a brand new long-distance hike in the upper Waldviertel district of Lower Austria. Come to think of a hiking trip there, you might, like me, be tempted to think of pretty forest-clad hills, some nice huts & one or two good places to stay. However, the Waldviertel has far more to offer […]

... und dabei solche Schönheit vorzufinden, ist einfach Urlaubsglück pur.

Baking Bread & Make Your Own Mountain Medicine: Creative Travel Reloaded in Salzburg

Kathi beams at us. Her radiance & warm-hearted friendliness immediately put us under a spell, having arrived at her organic farm “Maierlgut” in Flachauwinkel about an hour south of the city of Salzburg. The farm, jointly managed by Katharina Schmidt and her ​​partner Christine Mooslechner, is idyllically located at the foot of the surrounding mountains overlooking the […]

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