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.

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

“What do you do all day?” (Expat in Goa)

I get asked from friends back home "so... what do you actually DO all day?" and I can see why since neither Ben or I have a 9-5 job. We have a lot of freedom to work when we want and options to travel or just decide to do nothing for the day (although we shouldn't). There