Hello! Welcome to my South America travel blog. Here you will find stories, reflections, reviews and advice from my various encounters and experiences while on the other side of the equator. This started out as a way to document and share bits of my solo backpacking trip through Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, but has since evolved into a space for reflecting on and revealing aspects of everyday life in Ecuador. I now live in Quito, its capital, where I am a Staff Writer and Editor for  V!VA Travel Guides.

About Me:

I’m a 25-year-old female travel writer based in Quito, Ecuador. In 2009, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Shortly after graduation, I booked a flight down to Argentina with the intention of traveling solo through South America.  From the beaches of Uruguay to the bumping nightlife of Buenos Aires to the breathtaking heights of Machu Picchu, I quickly fell in love this diverse, adventurous and beautiful continent.  Eventually, I landed a job with V!VA Travel Guides and have since set up camp in Quito, where I currently live and work. Born and raised in New Jersey, I have traversed over 20 countries, mostly in Europe and Latin America.


  1. Hey! just stumbled upon your blog. I studied in Quito for five months back in 2007 and absolutely loved it. I’d love to get in touch with you and talk about your travels! I am off to Spain in a few days and will be staying there for 8 months! Shoot me an email if you get a chance!

  2. Hi there — my name is Bronwyn; I am a 22-year-old student living in Quito. I found your blog randomly, and I love how descriptive it is. You have definitely given me some ideas of things I would like to do, and it’s been fun to read your perspective on things that I have already experienced. I have been living in Quito since August and will be here until May, when I will embark on a South American backpacking trip. I love that you were so adventurous as to book your flight to South America alone! I’d love to hear more about your experiences and maybe even meet up while we’re both in Quito!

    • Hi Brownwyn! Thanks for writing, and happy to hear you have enjoyed reading my blog. Please email me at jena.davison@gmail.com and we can coordinate a time to meet up in Quito for coffee or something. Otherwise, if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask me through that email.


  3. Hi Jenna,
    My name is Brooke and I am 36 yrs old and just found out that in August I will move with my husband and chocolate lab mix to Quito from Rhode Island. I just stumbled onto your blog and I’m loving it. I would love to connect and hear more as well as ask you a few questions if you dont mind.
    Thanks for sharing all this either way!

    • Hi Brooke!

      How exciting that you are moving to Quito! I think you will find the city and the whole of Ecuador to be a very interesting place. Great to hear you have found my blog helpful…hopefully it is a comprehensive peek into everyday life in this beautiful, diverse country! Feel free to email me at jena.davison@gmail.com with any further questions, etc. Otherwise, good luck with the move!


  4. Hello there!

    My name is Malte Zeeck, and I am with InterNations.org. I really enjoyed reading your fantastic blog! I think expats in Ecuador and around the world could really gain some great insights [and have a few good laughs] on this page. The quality of the blog in general is very convincing, which is why I would love to feature you and your writing on the Recommended Blog on Ecuador section on InterNations.org

    Not only do we feature and link to your blog prominently; we also would like to hear from you directly in our questionnaire! We have also designed a link badge for your blog.

    If you are interested, please feel free to contact me via email: maltezeeck@internations.org

    Malte Zeeck

  5. Hi Jena!! I am new to your blog and I am loving it. I found it when looking for lists of Ecuadorian slang. I have done a lot of the “touristy” things in Ecuador and your off the beaten path posts are just what I am looking for. I am going to be living in Cuenca for the next 3 months and I will certainly be using your blog for some ideas as I travel!

    Thanks for your insight 🙂


  6. Hi Emma! I am so glad you have found my blog helpful and interesting! I have really been keeping this blog up for fun and as a way to keep track of all the amazing places I have visited here. Hope you have a nice time living in Cuenca, it is a beautiful city with lots of great restaurants and nearby attractions. Feel free to email me directly if you have any specific questions about any of the trips you see here!

  7. Hi, I see a reply from Malte from Internations, be careful with that organization, it’s illegal and dangerous for its representatives. Check this statement here : http://fr.scribd.com/doc/113911376/INTERNATIONS-International-Fraud

  8. Hi Jena!
    I spotted your blog and think you might be a person who could help me. I am a 63 year old American wanting to relocate to Ecuador with my husband and my 4-legged family. I want to take an exploratory trip with a girlfriend and/or a friend’s husband of like mind to get a feel for the country and the climate. I have in mind a 10 day trip moving fast to cover as many locations as possible. It will be a low budget trip so I will be seeking cheap accomodations and meals. Do you think you might be able to point me in a few directions that might be appealing? I am attracted to Ecuador for the mild climate and the low cost of living. I am interested in finding a rural setting and hve interest in the crafts of the native population.

  9. Greetings

    A note of joy and light
    I enjoyed reading your blog immensely. I paused and grabbed a snack. It’s like reading a novel that you can’t put down. I currently reside in Florida. I’m originally from Connecticut. I lived and worked in New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles. I’m fascinated with Ecuador and seriously considering relocating. My sister, her hubby and I are planning our vacation for November 2014 and I want to meet you!!! I have a ton of questions and kindly ask if we can further discuss.



  10. Hi Jena,

    I enjoyed looking around your website and found it very informative when looking for information about travelling and living in South America. I’m emailing to see if you would be interested in adding a link on your website to International Living.

    To let you know a little bit about International Living, we’re a leading authority on global living and retirement and regularly feature on ABC News and The Huffington Post.

    In exchange for a link we would then post a link to your website on our social media platforms, which have a following of over 200,000 people.

    Please get in touch if you are interested. I look forward to hearing back from you.


    Sean McGee
    Content Relationship Executive
    International Living

  11. Dear Jena,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Ecuador, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

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