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My Favorite Travel Photographs of 2017

I'm oddly superstitious about New Year's Eve and believe that it sets the tone for the entire year.  Staying calm and avoiding quarrels is key. For me, 2017 started off in New Zealand but the glacier climbing that we were supposed to do on New Year's Day got canceled due to fog. It was an end and beginning full of mixed signals.

New Zealand

From insanely clean water that you could drink directly from the source to chubby dolphins in cold fjords, New Zealand was everything I hoped it would be from watching all three Lord of the Rings movies. New Zealand wasn't on my list of places to visit but my father-in-law used to teach there so for his 70th birthday we all went down to visit his old stomping grounds. 

Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // New Zealand
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // New Zealand
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // New Zealand

The Yucatan, Mexico 

Eli and I went down to Mérida for a wedding and thanks to absurdly inexpensive flights and an outrageously cheap airbnb, we stayed for an additional 8 days. We drove around most of the Yucatán, taking in golden towns, ruins and agave fields. My very rusty Spanish was pretty much useless except when it came time to order ice cream, which I mastered in no time. 

Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Izamal, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Merida, Mexico
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Merida, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Yucatan, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Uzmal, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Uxmal, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Yucatan, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Merida, Mexico
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Merida, Mexico

Scotland

In 2017, I was determined to get a dog and to sleep in a castle. Thanks to consistent pestering, Eli agreed to a get a dog by the 2nd week of January. As for sleeping in a castle, I insisted on going to Scotland for my 30th birthday. Scotland has lots of castles. Also, it's relatively inexpensive, easy to get to and small enough to substantially explore in a week. We ended up staying in Crossbasket Castle just outside of Glasgow and it was everything I hoped it would be. 

Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotlan nd
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Scotland

Wisconsin 

2017 was my first full year of freelancing.  Nothing went according to plan. I thought summer would be busy and instead it was totally dead. When I ran after projects, they disintegrated. When I went out of town for vacation, I would return to an inbox packed with signed contracts. It's a rollercoaster.

One of the nice things about freelancing for the entire year was that I finally had time for everything. I was able to say yes to portrait sessions and drives up to Wisconsin without having to worry about having enough time. 

Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Wisconsin
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Wisconsin
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Wisconsin
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Wisconsin
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // Wisconsin

San Francisco

Eli's Grandmother moved from Boston to San Francisco this year. After complaining for many years about every Boston trip, we were delighted to go hang out in San Francisco. Boston is terrible. 

Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // San Francisco
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // San Francisco
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // San Francisco
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // San Francisco
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // San Francisco
Travel Photography 2017 // Sandy Noto // San Francisco

Hawaii

We ended 2017 the same way we started it, on a family trip! For years, I've resisted going to Hawaii. My logic being that if I'm going to travel for 10 hours, I at the very least want a stamp in my passport. Eli loves going to Hawaii (and California and Japan) so he's been suggesting it for years and the stars finally aligned for his Hawaii dreams. 

2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii
2017 Travel Photography // Sandy Noto // Hawaii

Hello 2018

For the last couple of years, Eli and I have planned trips one at a time.  For 2018, I'm planning ahead. So far, I've got Austin, Japan, NYC, Oregon, Montreal, Portugal and Chattanooga mapped out. Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and San Francisco are loosely on the list. I'm looking forward to another year of traveling and adventuring around.