At the Cascada de Texolo, Veracruz, Mexico

At the Cascada de Texolo, Veracruz, Mexico

Hola, hallo, hi, I’m Ingrid. I’m taking time off from software engineering in my mid-40s to pursue my passions for language learning, travel, and photography. This site is called Second-Half Travels because at my age I optimistically estimate I have half my life left. My goal is to spend as much of it as possible doing the things I love.

In Antigua, Veracruz, Mexico

In Antigua, Veracruz, Mexico

Although I’ve been to more than 50 countries, my list of places to visit keeps getting longer. Top priorities at the moment are Mexico, South America, and Spain to support my Spanish learning goal.

When not traveling, I hang my hat in the US desert Southwest. I love the low cost of living, relaxed pace of life, and Hispanic influence there.

Keep up with my adventures!

Language Learning

Language learning has always been a passion, but I was only able to pursue it on a limited basis while working full time. My goal is to learn a new language to at least conversational (B2) level every two years. Over the last two years, my focus has been Spanish and I’ve been able to advance to a level of C1. I really enjoy Brazilian culture and am fascinated by Portugal, so Portuguese will probably be my next learning project.

I love combining language learning and travel. For me it’s been the best way to forge a meaningful connection to the places I visit. I’ve studied Arabic in Cairo and Spanish in Argentina; Uruguay; Spain; and GuanajuatoPuebla, and Merida in Mexico.

Up next in fall of 2018: six weeks in Germany, Finland, and Russia. My goal is to learn the Cyrillic alphabet and some basic Russian before my trip, as well as brush up my German.


Old Town Vilnius, Lithuania

Old Town Vilnius, Lithuania

All the images on this site were taken by me, unless noted otherwise. If you would like to use an image, please contact me and we can chat about it.

I use a combination of an nine-year-old Nikon D90 with an 18-200mm VR zoom lens and my Google Pixel 2 phone camera. My images have appeared on sites like AfarHuffington PostUSA TodayBirdNote, and OutsideFollow me on Instagram or see my photos on Flickr.

Featured Writing

How to Plan for a Long Trip – The Definitive Guide – Amateur Traveler
Filming Locations in Morocco for “The Time In Between” TV Series (guest post) – Maroc Mama
The Best Bookstores Around the World — Wondering & Wandering
18 Romantic Places to Travel to in 2018 — Roamaroo
Food tours around the world – Siddharth and Shruti