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, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

Six Years Later, We’re Engaged!

Six years ago, near the end of my huge first trip to India, I met Ben in a bar in Calangute, Goa and moved to India. Six months ago we took our dogs and cat from India and moved to Mexico... a big adventure! One month ago, Ben proposed to me in the Yucatan. Soooo

Packing for New Orleans: Cute and Practical Things to Wear

You won't believe this but I packed light for New Orleans! It's the kind of place that you know what you're going to get up to ahead of time so it's easy to think about exact outfits that you want; it makes packing for New Orleans a breeze! In case you don't know what to

7 Best Beaches in Goa for Nightlife

Goa is unique in that so many of it's best parties are right on the beach or up on cliffs overlooking the sea. It makes for an awesome backdrop to an even better party. As you might already know, Goa has some of the best parties in the world and while raves in Goa are more

10 Travel Essentials For India

India is a diverse country with mountains, deserts, jungles, the beach, and busy cities. Packing for India can feel like a daunting task, but as long as you have these 10 travel essential for India in your luggage or backpack, you'll be just fine. After traveling India and living there for six years, I have

Best Restaurants in Merida

Merida, Mexico has some amazing food! When I first visited it was for just two weeks, and I tried tons of the "top ranked" places I had researched. Now, six months after living here, I've gone a bit deeper and tried out places that blog mentioned, locals told me about, places around my house in

Ebags Fortis Pro Review (Their Newest, Smartest Bag)

You know that I love luggage that indulges my Type A behaviors. It always goes back to Ebags with this, after their motherlode rolling duffel and their professional slim bag. I can't wait to share this Ebags Fortis Pro review with you! I've been rotating between my Delsey (which I love but is on its last

Update: 6 Months of Living in Merida, Mexico

Wow, time flies! I feel like it was just a month ago I wrote my one month in Merida update and started it with "time flies!". But it does, and we've really been loving it here in Merida, Mexico. We moved here on May 22, 2018, after years in Goa, India (5 for me, but