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.

The Future of Werkenntwen

We continue to mourn & heal as we wrestle with Rachel’s passing. In May, we tragically announced that Rachel Jones, beloved child, fiancé, sister, friend & travel blogger, had unexpectedly passed away. We’d like to share a bit more about her passing and the future of her much loved Werkenntwen. Her passing As

10 Best Packing Cubes You’ll Love

When it comes to being Type A, I'm getting an A+ in it. I am the most organized traveler - and my travel buddies often joke that I never even unpack. I like things to be just *so* in my luggage. Whether I was lugging around a backpack or rolling a suitcase, I had everything

Favorite Cenotes Near Merida: Santa Barbara Cenotes

There are thousands of cenotes in the Yucatan. Cenotes were actually made when the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs hit earth! You can read about the giant crater the cenote created, the Chicxulub crater, at that link. Living in Merida, there are so many cenotes near Merida to choose from. While it's fun to tour

Ask Me Anything: How Do You Decide on a Place for Vacation?

As part of my Ask Me Anything series, I answer common questions I get from readers. You can read other AMA posts here. In this article, I want to answer the question of how I decide on a place to take my next vacation. If you have wanderlust and want to book a trip, here

Hacienda Sac Chich, Near Merida, Yucatan

My parents recently came to visit and I really wanted to show them a Hacienda. I had been to some for lunch outside of Merida and had stayed in a couple of smaller ones in town, but I was looking for a really epic one since they were on vacation. Hacienda Sac Chic has won tons

12 Sensible Ways to Balance Full-Time Work & Journey More

Years ago I met Danielle through a friend - she had been to Uganda and I was dying to go! We were both nurses and travel-lovers. She is still a nurse but still finds time to travel all the time and has her own travel blog, Nurse to Nomad. I love that she can balance

Picking Up Where We Left Off in Goa

As I flew back to Goa, I wasn't sure how I felt. I was excited to go back but also wondered how it would feel to come back as a tourist, without my home and my dogs, and if it would still feel like it did for all the years Ben and I lived there.

What to Wear On Safari: A Complete Packing List & Outfit Examples

I've been on a few safaris as a backpacker in India but hadn't seen a tiger yet, so was stoked to get to visit Bandhavgarh Park - the park with the highest density of tigers in India. I wasn't sure what to wear on safari, though! As a backpacker, I just threw on what was