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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This is India! 105

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 New and Exciting travel plans for the rest of 2016

Wow I can’t believe it’s already June! And tomorrow is my birthday! This year is going by so quickly. I would say that one thing I don’t like about travel is how fast time goes (time flies when you’re havin’ fun!). I actually enjoy being a homebody sometimes and always try to make sure I

MI Note Review: the phone I take my blog photos with

When my iPhone 4 started to waver, and I saw the prices in India which aren't on phone plans I realized I wasn't going to be able to afford another iPhone. Ben talked me into getting this Chinese phone called MI (Xiaomi). I fell in love with this phone and it's what I use for

Camel Rides & Hot Air Balloons in Wadi Rum

When you think of Jordan, you wouldn't be alone if you picture deserts first. Many people first think of the big empty deserts and the famous Indiana Jones site of Petra. While in Wadi Rum, which should definitely be on your itinerary,  you can camp at a traditional Bedouin site and relax or you can

Luxury Guide to Big Island of Hawaii

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! 104

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.

How to negotiate in India (without being rude)

I guess by now you know I am a shopping fanatic. I love shopping for unique one of a kind pieces in India and finding gifts for people back home. I like buying fabrics and making my own things, and I like buying FROM THE SOURCE, for example, I won't buy Rajasthani stuff that is

Essential Tips for Visiting Petra | Exploring a World Wonder!

You've probably heard of Petra, one of the new wonders of the World and the filming site of many movies (like Indiana Jones)! But a lot of people don't know what it involves to tour Petra. I wanted to put together some essential tips for visiting Petra so you're well prepared. The more prepared you