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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This is India! 145

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 of my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

Perfect Journey Capsule Wardrobe for Fall

Although I spend most of my time in warmer climates, there are the occasional trips I take to cooler ones! This autumn I'm visiting both London and Dublin, which are both much cooler in September and October than Goa. Here's my perfect little travel capsule wardrobe for fall to help you pack for your later

Here’s Why You Should Consider A Wellness Retreat at Myrtle Beach

I always feel really crappy when I leave the USA and go back to India. Usually, I'm really depressed from saying goodbye to my family, anxious about the journey back to India, and feeling gross/fat from eating junk for 6 weeks straight. In the US, I get so excited about all the food I miss from

How to Spend 2 Weeks in Vietnam (By Someone Who Lived Here Two Years)

Vietnam is an amazing country, from top to bottom and from side to side. It’s endlessly diverse landscapes, food and culture keep even the most distracted of minds occupied. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that there is perhaps too much to see in one trip.  We're going to share the

What’s New in Hippie in Heel’s World

I just thought I'd check in and share what I've been up to this summer AND ask you to leave me a comment on this post telling me what you've been up to. I love to hear summer plans, especially vacation ones! Florida So, I went to Florida with my mom which was so much

Confession: I Still Get Anxiety Before Every Trip I Take

I've always had anxiety before I travel, and becoming a travel blogger didn't change that. I LOVE to travel and I get so excited before a trip, but I also have a pit in my stomach that I can't even pinpoint what's wrong. I get it if I travel alone, mostly, but even when I

Goa India Guide: The Insider’s Guide to Goa (My New Ebook!)

An Insider’s Guide to Goa After months of writing and organizing, it’s here! The first and last guide to Goa you’ll ever need.   Loading... Why Goa? I always like to refer to Goa as its own island in India because it’s so different from the rest of this country. Nestled along the South Western

What to Pack for Tulum & Other Trendy Coastal Towns in Mexico

Are you taking your next beach getaway to one of Mexico’s beautiful seaside destinations? You’re in for a treat! You may have heard of Cancun but there are many more beaches to explore and these have recently become ultra-chic hotspots. From Tulum on the East to Sayulita on the West, here are some chic beach