• Do you want to write and travel for Werkenntwen? Apply Now!

Do you want to write and travel for Werkenntwen? Apply Now!

UPDATE: Application deadline is Jan 26, 2017

Yes, this title is real! I’m looking for someone to travel for Werkenntwen on my behalf.

I need someone to go at times when I can’t or I’m not in the right timezone for the trip. I am looking for bloggers who want to help me out by traveling for me.

Because these trips do involve professional photography and writing, you must have a blog and social media accounts. I’ll look through them to see if your vibe matches the Werkenntwen vibe.

I started thinking about this a lot and think 2017 is the year to start. I am very blessed to get invited on press trips but sometimes I can’t go for a variety of reasons.

Last year, I turned down a trip to Croatia because I was on another trip. I turned down a trip to Xi’an, China and one to Taiwan because I was on another trip. I turned down a yacht trip and a one-week luxury villa review in Mallorca because I wasn’t based in Europe (a mandatory requirement for their team). I’ve turned down multiple trips in India because I was tired of traveling in India and needed a break (sad, but true).

It’s a shame because I wish I could be everywhere and review everything so that I can share that information with my readers (you guys!).

But, as my blog has grown, one thing I’ve learned is I need to let go of control a little bit and allow other people to work for me. I’ve hired a developer, a designer who redid my website, and someone to help me with small tasks.

Do you want to write and travel for Werkenntwen? Apply Now!

Now, it’s time to bring on a travel assistant!

Here is the run down. I am looking for 5 people, one from each based in these 5 regions:

  • North America
  • Western Europe
  • Asia
  • Southeast Asia specifically
  • India

Why not South America, Eastern Europe, Australia, or others? Because they aren’t places that press trips often come up for me. At this point, I want to start small.

When a trip comes up that I cannot go on, I will choose from these new 5 people the person who is closest to go on that trip.

If you are not based in one of these regions but feel you make a great fit for this position, then sure go ahead and e-mail me.

Do you want to write and travel for Werkenntwen? Apply Now!

What you get out of this and what is expected of you

This is not a paid job. This is just the opportunity to travel for free. If you’re cool with that then please do apply. Also, please note that there is a chance a trip may not come up for your region. That would suck, but I cannot guarantee travel!

Here is what is expected of you if you are keen to be chosen for this:

  • You would have to fulfill the deliverables of the trip. Typically, that means writing a few blog posts (within 30 days after, the amount depends on how long the trip is) and sharing about the trip on social media during the trip. You’ll be sending me snaps to share on social media during the trip.
  • You would have to understand my blog’s vibe and the “voice” of my blog. I want you to have your own personality, but also keep it light/fun and talk to the readers like you would a friend. I would say that’s the voice of Werkenntwen! I would talk with you before the trip about some blog post ideas which would match my blog’s niche.
  • You would upload the blog posts yourself and save them as drafts. That means you need to know how to use WordPress, make a cute Canva image and Pinterest pin, and upload sized images to the post.
  • You have to take detailed notes while on the trip. That means keeping and pricing information from tours you do, noting down exact information about how to do the same fun things you got to do, so you can tell my readers about it.
  • You would have to someone who likes to have fun and have adventures! I would hope that you would seek out all the opportunities given on the trips and enjoy them while documenting them. You’ll have to be easy-going and open to meeting new people.
  • You have to be on time and very professional. These trips are work (even though they are a lot of fun). You cannot get drunk, party, or do something that would make the Werkenntwen brand look bad. If you have to meet at 5 am for a sunrise, then you must be on time. You don’t get to skip out on things during the trip unless you have a very good reason.
  • You cannot use the tourism board/press trips you work with on your media kit or blog as brand partners as you are going on my behalf. You can include that you do press trips and write for my blog on your media kit.
  • You need to be able to travel at the drop of a hat. So, that means no full-time job or a job that is very flexible.
  • Lastly, I have to get to know you and so do my readers. I would ask that if you are chosen you write one blog post a month on my blog about a topic we agree on. This way my readers get to know your style and you aren’t a stranger sharing about the trip later. Another reason for this is because if I send one of my writers on my behalf for a trip, I need to show that tourism board samples of your work on my blog to get this approved.

Here is what you get in return:

  • A free trip if one comes up leaving from your region (this would be flights, accommodation, food, etc)
  • The blog posts you write on my blog would bring you exposure to your own blog. I have over 260,000 monthly page views on here and it also helps your domain authority to guest post on my website.
  • When I share your images during a trip on social media, I will tag you as the photographer. I have 160,000 social media followers who will soon get to know you!
  • Once we decide what articles you will write on my blog about the trip you go on, you are free to then write about the trip on your own blog giving you great content!
  • You absolutely do not have to promote Werkenntwen or even mention my blog’s name on your website. I am definitely not looking for any self-promotion here.
  • I will find out ahead of time if tips are expected on the trip and if so, I will tell you want activities or meals to tip at and I will reimburse you for that.

The worst case scenario is that no trips come up for your region and you write a guest post on my blog once a month gaining exposure with it. I truly hope that trips do come up, though, because this will be so much fun and give my readers much more content than I can do on my own.

Do you want to write and travel for Werkenntwen? Apply Now!

How to apply to travel for Werkenntwen:

  1. Please e-mail me ([email protected]) with the subject line “Insert Your Name Application”.
  2. If you have a media kit please attach it.
  3. Mention your blog and share with me 3 bog post examples you’ve written about a destination or adventure which would show how you would write about future trips I could send you on.
  4. Give me a little background about where you’re from, where you’re based, what your niche is, and any work you’ve done professionally.
  5. Tell me why you want this job and why you think your voice would match the Werkenntwen vibe in the articles you would produce on a trip.
  6. Tell me your Instagram handle. Photos are SO important and I am looking for someone who has a great eye!
  7. Give me 3 example blog post titles you could write for the monthly articles mentioned above
  8. Tell me anything that makes you stand out. Do you do video? Do you write freelance for someone and have writing samples? Are you into fashion?

It will take me some time to go through all the applicants. I may not have time to reply to each e-mail. If you don’t get a reply then I’m sorry, that means you weren’t selected. I am so excited to see what this could bring and I can’t wait to see who will make a good fit for this.

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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.

47 Comments

  1. Zen January 12, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Oooh this is interesting! I am unfortunately working full-time the next 6 months, but maybe it is worth an e-mail anyway. I am moving to Istanbul on Sunday :)

  2. Colleen Brynn January 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    This is very exciting Rachel! Congrats on all your successes and I hope this brings you some great candidates and fab content. x

  3. Megan | Red Around The World January 12, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Ahh this would be so fun! Unfortuantely I have a job that would be hard to get away from at the last minute.

  4. Tempesst January 12, 2017 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    You’re killing it! This sounds like such a great opportunity–I’m looking forward to reading the guest posts and content from the travel assistants!

    • Rachel Jones January 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you!! Fingers crosses I find some people who will be perfect for it!

  5. Pradipta January 13, 2017 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Very interesting. I hope you will find some great writers & travelers from a long list of applicants. I personally looking for some interesting blog posts in near future. Keep it up Rachel and keep offering us opportunity for virtual tour through your nice blog posts.

  6. Bethany Naylor January 13, 2017 at 5:27 am - Reply

    This sounds incredible, I’ve applied and will be sharing the chance with other writer friends!

  7. Nicole January 13, 2017 at 7:05 am - Reply

    This is so exciting! :)

  8. Tess Buison January 13, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I am interested.

  9. Cacinda Maloney January 13, 2017 at 11:11 am - Reply

    I am looking for a few too, so let me know if you get slammed. My focus is soft adventure, culture, and smart luxury. Age Demographic is 35-65. Only want the perfect fit!

  10. Betsy January 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your success! I hope you find the people you are looking for!

  11. Parul Khandelwal January 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Fun fun fun! Writing to you now. I’m in India, travel addict :)

  12. Georga January 13, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    So excited to come across this, I have just sent you an email. I am a blogger who writes about adventure with, and without, my daughter. Hope to catch up with you, if not now, sometime in the near future!x

  13. [email protected] January 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Hiiiiiiiii
    i am super super intrested but i live in Argentina South america…….. plz tell me im still eligible?

  14. Michelle Marcos January 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    This is such an amazing opportunity! I actually just started a blog all about how to stay stylish while you travel. – . I’ll be emailing you later on today with all of my work. :)

  15. [email protected] January 14, 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Love your blog, congrats on the growth! Compiling my samples and qualifications for you in an email now :)

  16. Yalou \\ We are the Earth January 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    This is so cool! Writing my email to you right now! (: x

  17. Reshma Narasing January 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    This is simply amazing :) Thank you for providing an opportunity to all Rachel. I have emailed you my work details :)

  18. Victoria @The British Berliner January 17, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Great stuff Rachel. You deserve only the absolute best! xx

  19. Brittani || A Girl & A Garnish January 19, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    This sounds like an awesome opportunity! I do work full time, but have some flexibility in my schedule so may still send in my information anyway!

    Best of luck on your search!

    XO,
    Brittani
    A Girl & A Garnish

  20. Julita January 20, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel, this sounds so great! I would be interested. I will apply asap, hope it’s not too late :)

  21. Nana January 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I just want to say – what a great luxury problem you have! Congratulation on that kind of succes!
    Pretty cool that you want to pass on the chance to someone else – that is really a kind thing to do.
    Good luck with finding people (should not be too difficult hehe).
    hugs, Nana

  22. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown January 26, 2017 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Rachel, it’s been so fantastic watching your blog grow over the last few years – and now look at this! Wow! What an incredible opportunity. I’m super sad I have a full time job here in Japan cause I would love to do the Asia one while I’m in this corner of the world the next few years! Wishing you much success in your search, looking forward to seeing lots more from you. xx

    • Rachel Jones January 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Aw thanks Rika! You would have been perfect for this!! :)

  23. Jes Bonincontri January 26, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Rachel! A friend forwarded me this opportunity — I am pumped to apply and am thankful to have the opportunity to do so!

  24. Monet January 26, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Rachel,

    Such a neat and wonderful opportunity you’re providing! Also, congratulations on all of your success. Love reading your blog — keep up the great work!

    Best,

    Monet

  25. Nora January 27, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Oh wow that would be amazing! I wish you’ll find amazing writing buddies. I’d love to be one but unfortunately I’ve job and studies to do. :)

    Nora /

  26. theothegreat.com January 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    I just saw your job post today. I guess your looking for a woman. But, if not let me know. I just started traveling again after raising three children and have a travel blog.

    Thanks Theo
    theothegreat.com

    • Rachel Jones January 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      Hey – it doesn’t have to be a woman actually. I think more women have applied because of the name of my blog but I also write about adventurous travel & 48% of my readers are male :)

  27. Monika January 28, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Oh no, I just saw this and have missed the deadline. Is it still possible to apply? (Based in Western Europe).

  28. Kate January 28, 2017 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Rachel,
    Sadly, I am just coming across your article today! I would love to hear about any future opportunities you have and have begun following your blog. I am a recent empty nester and have moved to a part time position in my school so I can pursue life more adventurously. Journey has been top of my to do list! Looking forward to gleaning some great tips and ideas from you!

    Kate

  29. Jenny Lee January 29, 2017 at 3:59 am - Reply

    Wish I would have seen this sooner! Insta @J.Lee_photo

  30. Tracey Harper January 30, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    This sounds like it was meant just for me! Professional photographer ✅
    Journeyler extraordinaire ✅
    Newbie at blogging however written articles for Photography and travel
    wow!!

  31. Heather January 31, 2017 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Hi Rachel! I just saw this and noticed I miss the deadline! :( Is there any chance you would accept my late application? (P.S. I am based in Ohio)

  32. Bethan Greenhalgh January 31, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    What a fab opportunity!! I would 100% apply but unfortunately work full time currently, but i have you get some amazing candidates to help you and your blog grow!
    Best of luck Bethan xxx
    (www.wanderlustbee.com)

  33. Tracey February 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Hi Rachel, this is a long overdue comment. I browsed your blog and absolutely Loved it! The way you come across is very personable and I would love to have the opportunity to apply for this position. I know the deadline has passed but I also know that I would kick myself if I did not reach out to you to ask if there was any way you were still considering candidates?
    If not, all the best and I look forward to reading about your next adventure!

    • Rachel Jones February 18, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Hi Tracey! Thanks for getting in touch. I did already pick people. So sorry! You can see the people chosen here: Writer for Werkenntwen

      • Tracey February 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

        That’s okay Rachel, that’ll teach me for being late! What a great selection of people

  34. Erin Martinson March 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I am unfortunately late for the application as I was in Thailand the past three weeks! Bummer I missed this opportunity…let me know of any future openings!

  35. Mrs_Daaku May 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I saw it today! Damn, missed it. I will keep a tab of future openings. However, would you consider a contribution? We can discuss the topics, feeds, photos etc. I write for mrsdaakustudio.com (a travel blog solely dedicated to India), you can check it out and see the pictures I upload on insta (mrs_daaku). Thanks a lot!

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