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.
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Why Don’t Americans Journey? (answered)

(FYI, sorry Sarah Palin, just a joke for people who poke fun at Americans and LOVE to bring this up to me!) As an American I am lucky. I have been blessed with a stable, safe country to grow up in. My American status gets me into some countries with ease, and I am grateful

20 Unique & Honest Journey Tips for Varanasi

These 20 Varanasi travel tips come from basically making so many mistakes here. It's such a complex city that I have four posts about it. I actually could write even more. If you missed the last ones, I recently shared an intro to my Varanasi trip about where to stay, how to get there, and

Step by Step: How to Apply for Indian Tourist Visa from USA

This post is an incredibly detailed guide, step by step, for how to apply for an Indian visa from USA for US citizens. I have applied myself and taken notes and screenshots of every step of the way. You don't find a more detailed guide than this online. If you are from the UK, check

This is India! (eleven)

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 5 Favorite Cities in the World

Let’s say you’re rolling in the dough… you have so much money that you could pick random places to travel and not worry about budget. Usually I wouldn’t even consider this, but thanks to a reader’s e-mail, it’s been brought to my attention people like this exist! They don’t want to know which places are

International Boho-Chic Designers: La Vie Boheme by Vero M // INDIA

[Welcome back to the series "International Boho-Chic Designers". I have met so many fashion designers and artists on my travels from whom I buy jewelry, swimsuits, tops, etc. I love having unique items and I'm creating this section to share them with you.  These are people I've met and personally shopped from & love, not people

What to Expect at the Cremation Ghats In Varanasi

Varanasi (Beneres) is one of the hardest cities in India to travel through, especially alone. It’s in the state Uttar Pradesh and the Holy Ganges runs through, bringing people from all over the world to see the religious ceremonies that take place here. Varanasi is the most fascinating place I’ve been. this is my FAVORITE

“I Want to Quit Nursing to Journey” Tips for My Fellow Nurses

This post is for all my nursing readers. I know some of you are struggling with your jobs, or nursing school because you e-mail me about it, usually saying, "I want to quit nursing!" "I want to drop out of nursing school!" "How did you do it?" "Was your family mad?" I understand your feelings because