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.

This is India! 134

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.

Places to Meet People in Goa While Journeying Alone

Goa is very different for the travelers passing through than it is for an expat. It takes some time to really see where the good places to hang out are. In this post, I'm sharing some places to meet people in Goa when traveling alone. These aren't necessarily the best places to eat, sleep or

Riad Star Review, Marrakesh, Morocco

Riad Star is located inside the medina in Marrakesh. It actually used to be the home of Josephine Baker. She was a hero of the French resistance and a civil rights fighter. She was also a singer and actress. The riad doubles as a little museum with some pieces from that time period in the lobby.

9 Exercises You Can Do From Anywhere

The following is a guest post. Lindsey who runs a business getting women in shape! She's also a life coach and motivator. I asked her to share some tips before in this post: How to Stay Fit While Journeying almost 3 years ago. She's come back for more tips, this time, sharing exercises you can do from anywhere.

Luxury Guide to Newcastle

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature the luxury side of an awesome city. Guest bloggers will share about either their hometown or a town they are expat in and know very deeply so that you get a guide straight from a local.  E-mail me if you'd like to be featured. A Luxury Guide to

Do you want to write and travel for Werkenntwen? Apply Now!

UPDATE: Application deadline is Jan 26, 2017 Yes, this title is real! I'm looking for someone to travel for Werkenntwen on my behalf. I need someone to go at times when I can't or I'm not in the right timezone for the trip. I am looking for bloggers who want to help me

14 Fun & Affordable Things To Do In Goa With Kids

Goa isn't just for parties and beaches, it's a great place to take a family holiday. While there are not as many things for kids to do in Goa as there are somewhere like Florida, it's still got a handful of "do not miss" things to do in Goa with your kids on your India holiday.

Les Cinq Djellabas Review, Marrakesh

This was my favorite hotel in Morocco and I stayed in a few while I was in Morocco for 2 weeks! I adored my stay at this hotel from the design to the friendly staff and the huge inviting pool. If you're coming to Morocco, you've got to check out this Les Cinq Djellabas review