About Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

City vs. Village Journey in India | Which is Safer?

I reached out to Renuka, a badass Indian chick that travels alone all over India, to ask her opinion on which area she thought was safer for solo female travelers- the city or the villages? Since I've been traveling around very rural Karnataka a little while now and have a few weeks to go, I'm

Your Backpacking India Budget: 20 USD per day

Another post for my “ask me anything” tag because this is a very FAQ about India. Everyone wants to know how much India is going to cost them and if I can break that cost down into categories for a backpacking India budget and daily India budget. Sure, why not!? Daily India Budget for Backpackers

Backpackers Boutique: Packing Tips from Girl vs Globe

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature a new travel blogger. Some weeks it will be a really fun interview about packing, fashion, and fitness so you can snoop inside their bags & lives a little bit and other weeks it'll be a detailed luxury guide to a city the featured blogger/expat knows very well. I'm looking for

This is India! (twenty)

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

Werkenntwen | A Year in Review & Some Blogging Tips

I always thought these blog birthdays were kind of dumb, and swore I wouldn’t write one, but a lot of what I thought this blog would and wouldn’t involve I was wrong about. Not only am I clearly writing one, but it’s a massive 1700 words including travel blogging tips (as if I'm at all

Natti’s Naturals | Goa’s New Healthy Fix!

Natti's Naturals is a new organic cafe and retail shop in Arpora, Goa. After one rainy Saturday eating her potato and leak soup along with a toastie and some hot tea, I knew I'd be coming back for more! When she mentioned she was planning to start an English fry up (free-range sausage and bacon, fried

A Luxury Guide to Baja California Mexico

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature a new travel blogger. Some weeks it will be a really fun interview about packing, fashion, and fitness so you can snoop inside their bags & lives a little bit and other weeks it'll be a detailed luxury guide to a city the featured blogger/expat knows very well.  E-mail me if

This is India! (nineteen)

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.