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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Backpackers Boutique: Packing Tips from World This Weekend

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. If you'd like

This is India! 80

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.

Ask Me Anything: How to tell your parents you want to travel

I sometimes share e-mails under the tag "ask me anything". I get a lot of very similar e-mails which means there are a lot of people out there thinking the same questions. Why not address them to everyone? You can search more like these by clicking that link above. "My friends want to go on a year

14 Best Budget Hotels in Goa for Backpackers

I know some people are on a very tight budget and don't really care if the place they stay in nice, but just want the cheapest bed they can possibly sleep in at the cheapest hotel in goa. There may be some online cheaper than this, BUT these are ones I know about personally. Goa does have

Luxury Guide to Amsterdam

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! 79

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.

Best 5 Star Hotels in Goa

So, this is a topic I hadn't written about even after being in Goa so long, because I didn't feel it would be that beneficial, but there are a lot of rich folks out there who want a 5 star hotel in Goa during their stay! Good for you if you're one of them! When

Lodgeo App Review

I haven't downloaded a new app in about 6 months because my phone is so full of photos, but this is an app that I will actually be keeping on my phone. I was ed by Lodgeo to do an app review and am so impressed by their app which compares all major booking site