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.

Siolim House, the Perfect Village Getaway in North Goa

Tucked away in the village of Siolim is a quite famous old mansion called Siolim House. It dates back to the 17th century and is one of the last surviving houses in Goa from that time. The landmark Siolim church everyone in Goa knows was built by the family of this home as a testament

10 Tips for NOT Gaining Weight While Journeying

When you’re traveling, it’s almost inevitable that things will go wrong. Delayed flights, lost luggage, missed reservations, the list can go on and on.  And unfortunately, a lot of it is completely out of your control.  However, as the saying goes "there is one thing that is in your control and that is how you feel."

8 Day Trips From Mysore

When I first backpacked India, I went from city to city, maybe a small town here and there, but they were all Lonely Planet approved. After living in Goa I realized how much goes missed in guide books. Had I come to Mysore alone, I would have done all the things in Mysore one should do

Backpackers Boutique: Packing Tips from The Journeyoguer

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. I'm looking for

This is India! 46

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.

Finding the Best Food in Mysore | 8 Mysore Restaurants

Mysore is known for a lot: yoga, silk, Ayurveda... but food was not something I heard people rave about. It doesn't have that expat Bangalore crowd so I didn't think I'd find anything but Indian. Overall, I think while in Mysore eating local South Indian food is ideal. The Western stuff is okay, but it

Zostel Changes The Way You’ll Backpack India

Backpacking India is changing with the addition of hostels in the major tourist hubs. Just three years ago, I only saw a couple of government hostels priced at 50 rs and you really got what 50 rs would get you (aka not much!). I met some backpacking chicas when I was in Karnataka and I

Moving Abroad | Luggage You Need as an Expat

It seems India is a poppin' place to move to right now! I've been getting emails left and right from people who want to move here and they have questions on what to pack. Being an expat in India is amazing, but even "good" stores here don't carry as high in quality items as stores