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.
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.
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 Guanajuato, Puebla, and Merida in Mexico.
Up next in spring of 2018: five weeks in Spain, Morocco, and Portugal. I’ll be practicing my language skills in Spain and checking out two countries that are new to me, Morocco and Portugal. Already planning to return to Portugal in 2019 for language study!
I use a combination of an eight-year-old Nikon D90 with an 18-200mm VR zoom lens and my Nexus 5X phone camera. My images have been featured in publications like Afar, Huffington Post, USA Today, BirdNote, and Outside. Follow me on Instagram or see my photos on Flickr.
How to Plan for a Long Trip – The Definitive Guide – Amateur Traveler
The Best Bookstores Around the World — Wondering & Wandering
Cool Tech Travel Gadgets You’ll Want to Pack! — Maroc Mama
18 Romantic Places to Travel to in 2018 — Roamaroo
13 Reasons to Start a Travel Blog (and 5 Reasons Not To) – Travel Blog Exchange
Food tours around the world #4 – Siddharth and Shruti
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