Are you ready to feel inspired? In today’s “A Day in the Life…” series I’ll be introducing you to the creative force behind Hippie in Heels – one of the hottest travel blogs to follow this year!
Rachel Jones is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Her award-winning website gives advice on the other 24 countries she’s been to but has become the go-to site on India travel, focusing on off beat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine & was voted by Flipkey on of the top 25 female bloggers to follow this year. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
What is your current location and how long are you planning on staying there?
I am in Goa, India at the moment and have no clue how long I’m staying! I didn’t know that answer when I moved here 2 years ago, and still haven’t got a clue. It’s not permanent though.
What view did you wake up to this morning?
This is the view off my balcony. At the moment it’s too hot to work out here, but some months of the year, I sit here and have my morning coffee and check emails.
Please describe your typical morning. Since your travel often, do you try to stick to a routine or do you keep it flexible depending on where you are?
Because I’m not always on the road, as an expat, I get to stick to a routine a lot easier. I actually stick to a pretty similar one on the road as well. I wake up late (I’ve never been a morning person) at around 10 usually because my dog ad cat get bored and start trying to kill each other. I use a vpn to play movies from Netflix in the background while I work – checking emails and making coffee.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve studied with the TV on even as a kid in school to University. It makes me forget I’m working and I actually get a lot done. After emails, I have to take care of my pets, walk my dog, and sometimes jump in the pool if it’s really hot, then it’s back to work for the remainder of the afternoon.
What is the most exciting thing that you did or saw today?
Today I went to Panjim, the capital of Goa to get some “SALE” cards printed for my candle business I have on the side. I didn’t have any fun, but fighting for the computers at the print shop was a mess and is the type of chaos that some people love about India. As an expat, I am over it and just find it frustrating how long it takes to get something done. Driving through the traffic of India was a bit exciting as always!
What drives you to travel, besides the obvious such as experiencing new cultures? What do you hope to, or have, experienced through travel?
I don’t know when travel became such an obsession for me. I know that now as part of my job, I read other people’s travel blogs and articles and it just makes me more obsessed. I feel like I want to see every place, almost like when someone puts a tray of 10 different types of cookies in front of you and you’re like, okay I have to try each one. Well it isn’t the best comparison, but it’s like every place in the world interests me more than work or buying a house and decorating it so I’m just trying to do what makes me happiest.
Solo female travel has been recently portrayed as dangerous in the mainstream media. What is your number one reason for women to travel solo?
When a girl travels on her own in a foreign county, at first she has to deal with fear, being lost, getting sick, taking the wrong train, losing money or more all while possible feeling lonely sometimes. It’s a learning experience and what she’ll learn is how to be calm while dealing with all the stress travel can cause. She will learn responsibility, how to have gut feelings about whether or not to trust someone, and how to be comfortable alone. At the end of a trip, everything will have changed.
Please tell us more about your plans for the rest of the year! What places are you hoping to see and what is your number one travel destination for 2015?
Coming up is a short stint to Hawaii, then back to India. In June I’ll go to the US to see family, then hopefully Vienna and London to see Ben’s Family in August. September is looking like Malaysia, and October I’ll be in Bangkok for a conference. When season in Goa starts, I’ll be going South to Tamil Nadu I think for a few weeks.
All photos curtesy of HippieinHeels.com