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.

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

A Luxury Guide to Mumbai

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! 45

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.

goMowgli VIDEO | One Month in Karnataka

As most people who read my blog know, I spent October of last year with goMowgli touring Karnataka. I raved about what a killer time I had in a review I wrote about the tour. While traveling with them I took my GoPro wanting to get more into video. UPDATE: As of 2018, goMowgli is