Margaret Nichols 

Overland Park, KS United States
An independent affiliate of Largay Travel
Travel Specialties
  • Safari
  • Food & Wine
  • Family Travel
  • River Cruising
  • Beach & Sun

  • Argentina
  • United States - All
  • Czech Republic
  • Mexico
  • Canada
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

As an Air Force brat, I got a taste for travel at a young age. I'd attended 13 schools (including one in Taiwan) by the time I graduated high school and had been to all 50 states by the time I was 30.

I have fond memories of visiting my parents in Belgium when I was in college, which included lots of travel around Europe. I sure don't miss waiting for days on end to catch a free ride on a C-130 cargo plane strapped to the top of the cargo area, though. After that, sitting in coach on a transatlantic flight is nothing!

After a few stops in the corporate world: New York, New Jersey, Houston, Denver, Iowa and St. Louis, I settled down in Kansas City, raising two beautiful daughters. Now that my children are grown and have kids of their own, I'm back to travelling, wandering the globe, but in much better style than in the old days. From all those adventures, I've learned how to travel and more importantly, how not to travel. So let's team up to craft a journey you'll always remember -- but for the right reasons!

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Fabulous travel expert

By: Kerry16

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2016

Margaret was the key to creating the best vacation we have ever had! I always felt confident that she would respond to our needs and get things done. She put in extra time to find just the right fit for us with all aspects of the trip - flights, hotels, tours, and we were so pleased with the results. It was a wonderful feeling to hand things over to her and know she would create just what we wanted. I will request Margaret for all future travels and highly recommend her to others.

trip of a lifetime

By: Klock & Bella

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2016

We celebrated our 10-yr wedding anniv last summer and knew that we wanted to take a big trip as a delayed cap to our celebration. After settling on Argentina and experiencing some uncertainty with planning the trip ourselves we placed ourselves in the hands of Margaret. With her resources at Great Getaways and the relationship they have with advisers in-country things quickly came together. We ended up saving a boatload on airfare into Argentina thanks to her astute planning. With our desires known about sites to experience she chose great accommodations, the right mix of tours & free time, & pointed out the wisdom of private guides for the key tours we selected. She communicated on a regular basis as our trip came near, & her attention to making our trip all that we hoped continued even after our departure. She texted us with flight departure changes & provided us with details of how Great Getaways would help remedy any unforeseen threats to our plans. Bottom line: a fantastic trip!

Amazing service and consideration

By: ChuckM

Reviewed on: 19 May 2016

My wife and I had been wanting to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico, via train for many years. We contacted Margaret Nichols, of Great Getaways Travel and asked her about helping us with arrangements. Margaret immediately took over the anxiety of train travel and the booking of a hotel to best fit our needs. We thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in the dome car as we passed through small towns and beautiful mountains. Upon our arrival at the gorgeous Loretto Inn & Spa and we were greeted at the front desk with congratulations on the celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary, as well as my 73rd birthday! Later, after an incredibly interesting Trolley Car Tour through the city, we discovered a surprise gift of wine and chocolate covered strawberries from the hotel concierge. The hotel spa included discount tickets for amazing massages the following day. Of course all of this extra attention was due to our Travel Adviser, Margaret Nichols! She truly provided the best "Getaway" we could have imagined.

Best anniversary trip!

By: Dev

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2016

Margaret is a fantastic travel adviser and we highly recommend her! We will work with her again. From planning the trip itself to post-trip follow-up, we couldn't have anticipated a more seamless and personalized experience. My wife and I knew we wanted to do something BIG for our 10 year anniversary and landed on Argentina. However, having never been to S. America, we had no idea where to begin. A friend recommended Great Getaways and that is how we met Margaret. In the 30 minute intro call, Margaret asked thoughtful questions that gave her a sense of our trip goals (eating, drinking wine, looking at beautiful scenery). We then communicated regularly via email (our preferred communication method). Margaret worked with her Argentine liaison, and they gave us a shortlist of options that were perfectly suited to our tastes. Our exact preferences (including food aversions) and the reason for our trip were broadly communicated so everything was customized to us...Amazing!

Professional, helpful, knowledgable

By: Becky

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2016

Margaret was great to work with! We shared with her what sort of vacation we wanted to go on, and she sent us multiple choices to look at. Once we decided on location, she booked our vacation in a timely manner. A week or two before the trip, we met and went over what needed to be done still and what to expect. We felt like we were well informed on our trip. The vacation was fabulous, and we will call Margaret again in the future. We appreciated her professionalism and attention to detail!

Outstanding service

By: Marilyn01

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2016

Margaret is efficient and thorough. She listens. She answered any questions we had and if she did not know the answer, researched it and got back to us promptly. I would use her again and would not hesitate to recommend her to my friends.

Positively the Best

By: Happy Traveler

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2016

Margaret Nichols is what you hope every Travel Advisor is like...but they aren't. In an age when individuals can do travel planning themselves if they are willing to take the time, it is important when you hire someone that they give more...and she did. She was very patient, returned phone calls and emails, and tried to make our trip customized for us. The things that make her stand out and why I would use her again and again are that she went the extra mile offering suggestions, doing research into tips that were not on Trip Advisor or other sites, got us a few perks, and went ahead with decisions when she could not contact us. I could not have been more pleased.

Paris/Italy 2016

By: Stricklin1301

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2016

Margaret did an excellent job planning our recent trip to Paris/Italy. Out entire trip was flawless thanks to her. All of our flights, transportation, hotels, tours, etc were fantastic. When we first started to plan the trip without an advisor it was extremely overwhelming and was taking the fun out of it. Margaret assisted with all the planning and made it so much fun and enjoyable. My husband and I said several times if we ever plan a trip again we would use Margaret hands down.... and recommend her to anyone that asked. I could go on and on but bottom line she was GREAT and we loved working with her!


By: J

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2016

We had a fabulous stay during our trip to Napa! Our accommodations were wonderful---from the beautiful grounds and location to the extraordinary service we received. Margaret made sure to include options for possible day excursions that were built around our interests. This is the second vacation she has helped us plan and we look forward to her advice on many more!!

Margaret Nichols

By: Ric

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

Margaret is great. She really helped us execute a wonderful vacation.

Spring Break

By: Erica

Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2017

Great attention to detail and presented several options for us to consider.

Spring Break Extravaganza

By: Sheryl

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

Margaret was great to work with. She followed up on every question that we had and was persistent in working with the resort to make us dinner reservations for each night of our stay! She made our travels EASY!!

Maui 2017

By: Kelli

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2017

Margaret was easy to work with. She offered us lots of great options and was patient as we sorted through everything.


By: Abrea Boedeker

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

She was great! Very attentive and answered all questions in a timely manner. I will definitely be using Margaret for future vacations.

Absolutely the BEST!

By: On our way to Tonga

Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2017

Margaret is a dream to work with! Always on top of details and available to help with anything needed. SO glad we are working with her-life is so much easier!

Went above and beyond

By: Peter

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

We were thinking about a last minute trip and had some ideas but had trouble figuring out the perfect place for us. We spent about ten days researching place after place on or own-unsure that we even needed a travel agent. 3 days before the trip, we reached out Margaret and she suggested a place that she knew would be perfect for us. We looked at the website and the price and we were sold-it all came together within an hour and it was not something we are likely to find on her own. Margaret is very professional and knowledgeable and is very responsive. She pays attention to details and everything is done with care. She also has a good sense of humor and is candid about what we might like or dislike. So grateful to have her and she did such a good job on our trip to Mexico that we had her book our trip to Cuba this fall. You will not be disappointed if you use Margaret for your next trip!

Great job!

By: No name

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

Very informative! Did a fine job, of assembling the Arrangements for tickets, to locations, airfare, tours, hotel, stays, and all questions we had!! We enjoyed the bro sires we received as well! A happy travelller!

Great Customer Service

By: Lamar and Rita Hunt

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

Margaret was very thorough and helpful. Would use her again. Great experience.

Fabulous job!

By: Let'sgo

Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2017

Margaret is wonderful to work with. She is big on getting the details right and will go above and beyond to make sure you have a wonderful vacation. Had a great experience with her and will be using her again soon. Highly recommend that you work with her on planning your next trip even if you're not used to using a travel agent. It made a big difference for us.

She Makes Planning Easy


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2017

We just returned from our first trip to Napa and Sonoma Valleys and had a fabulous time thanks to Margaret. I knew Margaret in her previous position. Her positive personality coupled with great attention to detail, made me certain that she'd be an excellent travel consultant. For years I've planned most of our travel, but we had two trips this year that I decided to 'test' her out on. She exceeded expectations--from offering several ideas for great summer trips and making booking EASY to saving us money AND finding us charming accommodations. Without question, I will turn to Margaret from now on for assistance with all of our travel.

Amazing Travel Consultant

By: Fun in the Sun!

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2017

My husband and I throughly enjoyed working with our consultant Margaret Nichols. She made every step of the planning extremely easy and enjoyable. Our trip was a total success and we will use her again in the near future!

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By: Mil

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Great, she knew we were interested in going through the Panama Canal and told us of this cruise as soon as she heard of it. She helped to get us the room and land tours we wanted. We were wait listed and she kept after Regent until we were able to get what we requested. She was able to get us an upgrade room at the SF hotel which was terrific and she kept us up to date on the progress of our travel requests to Regent. She promptly followed up on questions we asked and made us feel confident that we were in good hands and that the success of our cruise was important to her. It was a pleasure to work with Margaret.

Wonderful trip with comfort of knowing Margaret had our back


Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

Margaret is bright, fun and focused on the details. She makes sure there are no gaps in a trip from start to finish. While we were away, she let us know she was available for support should the need arise. The need arose and she worked tirelessly to ensure our trip continued to be seamless. I would and have recommended Margaret to anyone planning a trip. She is a delight to spend time with and a professional in her craft. Thanks Margaret!

Europe 2017

By: BY

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Margaret was awesome! Months of planning went into our trip and Margaret worked tirelessly to ensure that no detail was missed. Even a major mid-trip detour was handled smoothly by Margaret and the Largay team. Thanks Margaret!

New England Trip


Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Margaret tailored our trip to fit what we wanted to do. Awesome

She's the best!

By: KD

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2018

Margaret continually exceeds our expectations. She is so organized and on top of details that we are getting really spoiled. We are thrilled to use her for all our travel needs and can't recommend her highly enough.

From recent trip to Turks and Caicos

By: Randy

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2018

Was wonderful working with Margaret Nichols. She did everything we asked and much more. Following up while in route, during our stay and on our return home. Where she suggested we stay was better than expected. We will certainly use Margaret on future travels.

Trip to Hawaii

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

Margaret was so organized, on top of things, and had lots of good ideas and suggestions. She was very professional to work with. She helped with minute details that a traveler wouldn’t know how to accomplish. She was always there for us if we needed her help.

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  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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