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.

One Month Backpacking Iran | Top 10 Experiences

Was backpacking Iran crazy? On our one way ticket to the Far East we never planned on stopping in Iran, a country we knew little about. However, we had heard some amazing stories from backpackers who had visited Iran. So we decided to go for it! And boy are we happy that we did. We

A Luxury Guide to Medellin

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 you'd

This is India! 51

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.

Plan Your Trip to India (VIDEO)

The couple behind a blog called Worldly Nomads reached out to me sharing a video they made of their time in India. I watched the video and got goosebumps! I knew I had to show it to you guys! I asked them to tell the itinerary that accompanied the video to help you plan your backpacking trip to

Guide to South Indian Food | Fresher & Healthier

I really like South Indian food... having said that, a month of it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, was pushing it a bit. Things I noted in comparison with North Indian: In the South it was noticeably more vegetarian than with meat. The veg wasn't cooked down so much. Instead of mashed up curry sides,

Backpackers Boutique: Packing Tips from The Broke Backpacker

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! 50

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.

Southern Bandung | sulfur lakes and tea fields

After seeing so much in Northern Bandung, I was really excited to see what the South has in store. So, here's what to do in Southern Bandung, or at least what I did. Everyone talked about the "White Crater" and I didn't google it because I really wanted a surprise. I was not disappointed. By