New to Werkenntwen? This is where you can start to find blog posts that share more about my personal life including why I live in Goa, how I started blogging, and how I earn an income.

What it was like moving to Goa knowing no one

So, I actually wrote this post nearly 3 years ago and never posted it. I just found it while sorting through my draft folder. I edited it so it made sense for now, but it was interesting to see what I was thinking back then. Girls email more often than you would think because they are

My 2016 Journey Plans (well… sort of!)

This post is in partnership with TripAdvisor and their #BookToWin campaign. My travel plans never end up going exactly how I think they will. I had no idea I would spend the end of 2015 hanging out with the Apatani tribe of Ziro Valley, or that I would have headed off to Langkawi with Ben

The TRUTH About Journeying Alone in India

If you are a 18 year old girl going abroad for the first time and emailing me for advice on backpacking India solo, don't be surprised if I tell you to go to Europe first. I have traveled a lot before coming to India in Europe and Africa and was a little older (and wiser

Glitter & Globetrotting | 11 Signs you’re a flashpacker

Have you heard the phrase "flashpacker" and wondered , "what is a flashpacker!?" Me too! But the more I researched it, the more I thought hmm, I might just be one myself. Turns out, it's not just a girly thing but some guys fit the bill as well. From what I've read it's a traveler looking for

What I did (and ATE) while home in Ohio

I love going home from India. It works out that I can go home a month each summer (in Ohio), which is monsoon in Goa. There are about a million reasons why I love going home. We love Goa, but home is where my family and lots of my friends are. There’s a third “F”

How I Make Money from Journey Blogging AKA What IS My job?

I have been meaning to write a post about how to make money from travel blogging for a while. Other than "what do you do all day" (asked with a tone of "I bet nothing") and questions about coming to Goa, another question I get asked from soon to be bloggers or readers, is how

9 things I can’t wait to do when I’m back in Ohio, TODAY!

I am coming back to the US! I will be in good ol' Lexington Ohio for the most part for the almost 6 weeks I'll be home. So many things were running through my head of what I want to do when I'm back, and more importantly what I want my mom to cook. When

Expats | 22 Ways You Might be Turning Indian

After so much time in India, it seems I am turning Indian, but I'm not the only one. I see many expat friends changing the longer they stay in India. It's the small things I catch myself doing or someone points out to me. It's almost impossible to immerse yourself in a culture for a