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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How to Plan a Last Minute Getaway Like a Journey Blogger

...Okay, or just like this travel blogger! I recently shared my exact checklist that I use for you to see how to plan a trip from scratch without being stressed. It's an extensive list that covers all the things you need to do before a trip BUT if you don't have time for it, I've decided

5 epic adventures on Colombia’s Caribbean coast

The secret’s obviously out: Colombia is the trendy place to visit. Never mind the history, the corrupt politics, or the drug cartels. They may still persist but savvy travelers are now looking beyond the stereotypes and on to Colombia’s deserted coastlines, rainbow-hued plazas, dance-crazed locals, and of course, its damn fine coffee. If you want adventure

8 Reasons Why Everyone Is Obsessed With Mexico City Right Now

I’ve been to the beaches in Mexico many times, but I had never actually spent quality time in Mexico City…at least not until last year. I booked a last minute flight to Mexico City, and did very little research as far as what to see and expect. And I must say, I was more than

20 Top Things to do in Alanya Turkey (With Prices & Video)

Last year around this time I was in Istanbul for almost two weeks on my own wandering around and trying all the best spas and restaurants. I loved being in Turkey: the history, the food, the people. Istanbul became one of my favorite cities. I had been wanting to come back to Turkey to go

This is India! 143

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.

23 Journeying Southeast Asia Tips You NEED to Know

So you’re in the midst of planning your first trip to South East Asia? You’re going to have a blast trying out the street food, riding scooters past lush green rice fields, exploring intricate temples, and coming face to face with the local wildlife. To help prepare you for your journey across South East Asia,