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.

5 Reasons to Choose Airbnb (Instead of a Hotel)

Booking and staying in an Airbnb can be rather intimidating your first few times. However, the goal of this post is to relieve your fears and to help better educate you on Airbnb; especially for those who may be leery or overly cautious about staying in one. I've had people ask, with confusion in their voice,

This is India! 140

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.

Husky Love: Dog Sledding in Finland (SO Amazing!)

Dog Sledding in Finland was the most exhilarating thing I have done in a long time. I think part of it is because I love dogs so much and huskies are so cute especially when they are in the snow! I did this activity in Oulu, which is about an hour's flight from Helsinki. It's

Journey Bloggers: What to expect at MATKA Nordic Journey Fair

I went to Finland recently and had a blast exploring Helsinki and Oulu, but the actual purpose of the trip was to attend MATKA, a travel conference. I learned a lot about how to prepare and what to expect at MATKA Nordic Journey Fair as a travel blogger and am going to share that in

Kiwi For Gmail Review: Making Life More Efficient

While you might imagine the bulk of my time working is spent writing blog posts or editing photos, actually it's writing emails that take up the bulk of my time every single day. There's a new(ish) app called Kiwi for Gmail which is meant to make life easier for Gmail mail users. Anything that saves me time

Ask Me Anything: How did you start travel blogging?

Welcome back to my "Ask Me Anything" series. I try to answer FAQ every once in a while and something I get asked a lot is Why did I start travel blogging and what led me to make that decision. I've kind of written about this before throughout the years on this blog but will answer it

Places to Visit in Goa For Tourists

Ever wonder what tourists get up to in Goa? I mean, it's a beach destination but what else is here for tourists... There is a lot! Because I live here, I haven't gone into tourist mode and actually haven't been to some places to visit in Goa on this list (yes, even after nearly 4

Visit a Reindeer Farm in Finland For The Cutest Day Ever

I would imagine just the thought of seeing reindeer would already have you interested, and you are already pretty much dying to play with some reindeer (no? just me?). But, in case you're not, these other photos will serve as more reasons to visit a reindeer farm in Finland. It's basically Christmas again and you get