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.

Luxury Guide to Liverpool

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

Trust Me, You Want These Gifts For Christmas!

It's almost Christmas! Got a trip coming up? Here are some gifts travelers need, but they just don't know it yet. If you read my blog ever you can probably guess I don't put typical "travel" gear on my packing lists as I always think of traveling as an extension of your normal life. Here

This is India! 128

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.

Visiting the Dead Sea (again), this time from Israel

I was excited to go to the Dead Sea but not jumping up and down excited as I had been before in Jordan just in February. It was a unique experience as you just kind of fall back into the water and float. You can't sink if you try! You also can't get this water in

World Nomads Journey Insurance Review: What’s Covered and What’s Not

If you're gearing up for a trip abroad, travel insurance should be on your radar. When I travel outside India, I use World Nomads and have for over 5 years. Here's my full World Nomads travel insurance review, so you can decide if it's the right company to go with. I found it originally because

This is India! 127

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.

Visiting Old City Jerusalem

While wandering around the Downtown area was really a highlight for me in Jerusalem, it's not exactly the reason people travel from all over the world to this city. They come because it's full of history and I'm going to share that with you, most of which is in Old City Jerusalem. "The Old City

Indian Visa Application | How To Get India 60 Day E-Tourist Visa The Easy Way

If you're wondering how to get an Indian visa from the USA or many other countries, I'm here to help! The Indian Visa application process is always changing and can seem complicated. It's also complicated because there are many sites which look "official" offering the Indian visas. In this post, I share how to get