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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Luxury Guide to Santa Marta

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! 93

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.

50 Unique Things to Do in Goa

I've got a handful of articles on my blog about Goa. I still get a handful of emails a day from people saying they've read them all but want to know if there is anything else I can recommend. I usually just reply whatever random thing I'm thinking of right then. So, I am going

Your Little Guide to Unawatuna: Surf, SUP, Snorkel!

This wasn't our first time to Unawatuna. We already knew it was a paradise beach in Sri Lanka. Last time we were there, I really didn't have time to explore much so I wanted to amend that this time and give you guys a little guide to Unawatuna. There are so many adventure activities in

Luxury Guide to Whistler

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! 92

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.

Hotel Ibrahim Pasha, My Relaxing Hideout in Istanbul

After the World Tourism Forum ended, I check out of the W in upscale Nisantasi and headed to the tourist side of town, Sultanahmet, and checked in at the Hotel Ibrahim Pasha (Ibrahim Pasha Hotel) for 4 nights. I wanted to see more of where to stay in Istanbul, and the Sultanahmet came up as a top

My Little Guide to Istanbul

My 10 days in Istanbul was such a welcomed break from the dusty heat in Goa. It's not that I don't love the Indian beach life, but sometimes that fresh cold European air is very welcome! I need more time in Istanbul, but as most backpackers go for only 2-5 days to each city, I think