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.

Packing for Various Regions of Long-term Journey in One Suitcase

In one month I was in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Africa. That's a lot to pack all in one rolling suitcase especially since I didn't want to take a large one, and decided on a medium. Add in blogging gear, and I'm pretty limited on space/weight allowance. Here is my itemized list for packing

Luxury Guide to Singapore

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature a new travel blogger. Some weeks it will be a really fun interview about packing, fashion, and fitness so you can snoop inside their bags & lives a little bit and other weeks it'll be a detailed luxury guide to a city the featured blogger/expat knows very well. E-mail me if

This is India! 124

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.

My Little Guide to Riga

I bet you have seen photos of Riga’s Old Town on Pinterest. I had, and that’s why I wanted to go, explore, and now share with you my little guide to Riga. It was on the bucket list! Riga is the capital of Latvia. Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia make up the 3 Baltic countries. My

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Israel

Israel has officially made it to the top of my favorite countries list (not the tip-top because that belongs to India). I loved my time there, as short as it was. Not sure what to expect in Israel? Here's 20 photos to inspire you to visit Israel. Float in the salty dead sea. Surf and

Werkenntwen Blog Got a Makeover & Turns 3!

I have been DYING to share this with you guys! My website got a makeover, which after 3 years was pretty needed. Back in October 2013 Ben made my site for me with me annoying him along the way to make it how I wanted it. It was perfect then. Now, things are changing. Journey

Luxury Guide to Richmond Virginia

Welcome to Backpacker's Boutique. Every Sunday, this spot will feature a new travel blogger. Some weeks it will be a really fun interview about packing, fashion, and fitness so you can snoop inside their bags & lives a little bit and other weeks it'll be a detailed luxury guide to a city the featured blogger/expat knows very well. E-mail me if

This is India! 123

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.