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.

My Wishlist: 5 Cities to Visit in India

"How much longer are you going to be in India for?" I’m not sure... but it’s something everyone wants to know. Anytime I think about leaving, I feel upset knowing that there’s so much more to India I want to see. It’s taken over my “travel” thoughts so much that I don’t even consider other

ISLA Candles | My New Business in Goa!

So enough teasing about this new hobby I have... I started a candle business! Well, I don't know how much of a business it is yet as I am just now getting them in shops. I leave for Karnataka in just a couple weeks and have another secret little project this week, so knew I

Backpackers Boutique: Packing Tips from Ashley Abroad

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature another 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

This is India! (eighteen)

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.

My Favorite Books to Inspire Journey to India

Thinking about traveling to India but not ready to pull the trigger? Pick up a book to inspire you! Ok, but to be fair, before I went to India, I didn’t read a single one of these. While I was there I read a few, and since I’ve been reading India books quite often because

6 Trendy Boho Boutiques and Shops in Panjim Goa

Panaji (Panjim) is such a cute old town. If you’ve never been to Europe, you’ll absolutely love shopping in the old alleys. We always say if you took all the people out of the town and just looked at it, you might actually think you were in Portugal or Spain. Even if you’ve been to

This is India! (seventeen)

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.

Journeying India alone is hard. Here’s a pep talk.

I've gotten a few e-mails this month that really bummed me out. Three people sent me long e-mails about how difficult they were finding India to be and how badly they wanted to go home. One girl said she hadn't left her hotel in Bombay in 3 days since she arrived because she was so