This is India! 134

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.

What I was up to other than here:

  • Maybe you noticed my snowy photos. I’m in Finland! I’ve been in Oulu and Helsinki. I have about 5 more days here then back to Goa.
  • I recently read Before I go to Sleep which was creepy and good but a little slow. Now I’m reading The Light Between Oceans and it’s looking like it’s going to be seriously good. I think they are making a movie about it.
  • I’m going to have a LOT of work when I get back from Finland. I have actually hired 3 virtual assistants to work for me after the New Year to help with my workload. I am working on making 2017 the best year yet for my blog!
  • I have not yet chosen the people to travel for the blog (If you didn’t read my post about me needed people to travel for me when I can’t, it’s here). I will look at applications after I get back to Goa. There are about 200 applicants, so I’m really excited to go through them!

Now your story,

I’m at a travel conference now in Helsinki called the MATKA Fair. It’s massive and there are probably over 70 or 80 countries represented here though tourism boards, hotels, and airlines. Buyers and suppliers, along with bloggers come here to try and network. It’s exhausting haha.

I’m literally writing this in the conference hall.

India is having one in Mumbai at the end of January which is pretty cool! It’s called the Gypsy Journey Festival  and it’s got some pretty good sponsors and a huge amount of people going to network.

I think it’s great that this is going on in Mumbai and that travel bloggers in India are going to make some great connections. Also, I’m going to finally get to meet some more Indian travel bloggers!

So, this isn’t a story about India because honestly, I don’t have a good one to tell! But I’m sure I’ll have a story after my time in Mumbai, as I am a speaker at the conference.

Yeah. I have never spoken publicly except speech class in high school and couldn’t even get through a speech without looking at the floor the whole time.

It’s something I want to get over because I have turned out speaking opportunities before. I have a blog that tells all about my life, but actually speaking or being on video is something I am not comfortable with at all.

I figured what better place than Mumbai in front of hundreds of people to make myself get over it! Ha! I’m an idiot, but fingers crossed it’s not terrible. It’s in about 10 days and I’m starting to work on my talking points – already getting nervous!

This is India!


About the Author:

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.


  1. Pradipta January 24, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Ha ha! very nice and very honest too.

  2. Betta January 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    awww good luck Rachel! I’m sure you’ll be brilliant, can’t wait to read all about it ;)

  3. Pritam Rana January 24, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Good Luck for your conference !! Am sure you will crush it. and Journey Assistant, would have loved that job, unfortunately my job wont allow me to do that just yet :( bummer…

  4. betsy January 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply


    I have done a lot of speaking in front of people. Conferences, thesis defense, in front of my students. I was told to be confident and remember you are an expert on whatever you are talking about. Other than that I would say try not to have to read from a paper. It is boring. Have notes though. If you have to read the notes take a few seconds. And don’t file the silence with uhhh…. :) Also, if possible spend time in the room alone. I find that I am more relaxed if I am more familiar with the room I am speaking in. But most important be yourself. They will love you!
    I surely wanted to vomit the whole time I was reading my thesis proposal in front of all of the art history professors and other grad students but I survived.

    Have fun in Finland!

    • Rachel Jones January 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      It’s on Saturday and I haven’t even had a moment to think about what I’m talking about!! AHHHHH I need to do this tomorrow or I am going to really mess it up lol. thanks for the tips! Will take that into account.

  5. rebeca February 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    I’m sure you will be amazing

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