About Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India almost four years ago where she is now a travel writer. Her website gives advice on the 35+ countries she's been to but has become the go-to site for India travel, focusing on offbeat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine, Tripadvisor, and Thomas Cook. Her blog is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world based on traffic. She also enjoys writing for BravoTV.

Gossip Girl Guide to NYC

In this Gossip Girl Guide to New York City, I'm laying out all the iconic spots to visit on your next trip! When it comes to movies and TV shows, you have places that are merely settings and places that become characters on their own. New York City, without fail, manages to become its own

Using the KonMari Method to Pack Insanely Efficiently

When I read Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing), it changed everything! She invented the KonMari method which I'm sure you've heard people talk about on movies and TV shows, asking "does this bring me joy?". It helped me shop less, buy better, organize

Some of My Coolest Memories of Living in India

You know how when someone loses weight or changes but you see them every day, you don't really notice it? I feel like I woke up in Goa every day for 5 years and I don't think anything of it - yet, when I think about the fact I lived in India for over 5 years,

10 Packing Items Worth Splurging On

With all the trips I've been on, I've packed a suitcase more times than I can count! I've traveled in pretty much every situation you can imagine -- long term, short term, cold weather, hot weather, and a mix of both, with one backpack or multiple suitcases, and more. The more I travel, the less I

Living in a Van Full Time: How to Travel the World in a Van

Ever heard of "van life" or seen those wanderlust-worthy photos of couples traveling around in an old-school VW van looking like the most free-spirited people ever? Living in a van full time is what Nadia and David do, so I asked them to take a minute to tell you guys what van life is and

How To Take Pets Out of India to Mexico (Or Anywhere)

Many travelers come to India and fall in love with a stray dog or two. They might dream of taking that pet home with them but think it's impossible - it's not. You can take pets out of India, mostly dogs and cats. I did just that after five years living here. My boyfriend and

Air Canada Business Class Review: Mumbai to Toronto

As you know, I left India for the last time as an expat last week and from here on out will be going back to India as a tourist. Ben and I took our pets and preparing to leave India with pets (think quarantine, paperwork, and government export offices) is about as stressful as you