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.

Using the KonMari Method to Pack Insanely Efficiently

When I read Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing), it changed everything! She invented the KonMari method which I'm sure you've heard people talk about on movies and TV shows, asking "does this bring me joy?". It helped me shop less, buy better, organize

Some of My Coolest Memories of Living in India

You know how when someone loses weight or changes but you see them every day, you don't really notice it? I feel like I woke up in Goa every day for 5 years and I don't think anything of it - yet, when I think about the fact I lived in India for over 5 years,

10 Packing Items Worth Splurging On

With all the trips I've been on, I've packed a suitcase more times than I can count! I've traveled in pretty much every situation you can imagine -- long term, short term, cold weather, hot weather, and a mix of both, with one backpack or multiple suitcases, and more. The more I travel, the less I

Living in a Van Full Time: How to Journey the World in a Van

Ever heard of "van life" or seen those wanderlust-worthy photos of couples traveling around in an old-school VW van looking like the most free-spirited people ever? Living in a van full time is what Nadia and David do, so I asked them to take a minute to tell you guys what van life is and

How To Take Pets Out of India to Mexico (Or Anywhere)

Many travelers come to India and fall in love with a stray dog or two. They might dream of taking that pet home with them but think it's impossible - it's not. You can take pets out of India, mostly dogs and cats. I did just that after five years living here. My boyfriend and

Air Canada Business Class Review: Mumbai to Toronto

As you know, I left India for the last time as an expat last week and from here on out will be going back to India as a tourist. Ben and I took our pets and preparing to leave India with pets (think quarantine, paperwork, and government export offices) is about as stressful as you

How Living in Goa for 5 Years Has Changed Me

The last time I went to the US, in February, was to renew my visa after my 5-year visa expired. It's hard to believe I moved to Goa that long ago, and have been in India overall (as a traveler) since 2012. As you might have seen, I am leaving India and moving to Mexico!