Nicki Squittieri is the team leader for Legacy Travel Chicago. Nicki developed a passion for traveling very early on in life. Nicki has been all over the map- Both of her parents were in the army and she grew up accustomed to moving around. She was born in Georgia and has lived in Southern California, New York, and everywhere in between. She loves discovering hidden treasures both at home and abroad. She has been to everything from rodeos and pow-wows to the Met in NYC. She has taken road trips to enjoy places in our own backyard such as Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Winter Park, Colorado, St.Louis, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee.
She has been to see Niagara Falls in Canada. She has gone to hang out with the locals in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She has gone on a Black River Safari in Jamaica where she saw wild dolphins in the ocean, then while heading up the Black River she saw crocodiles, birds, and an amazing array of wildlife. She has been to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Italy where she had the opportunity to see her favorite artist’s most beautiful work displayed after a much needed restoration. She has been to the top of the Swiss Alps and has admired their beauty.
Her current wish list of places to travel to include; France, Spain, Brazil, Egypt, India... There may be too many to list. She loves big cities and dreams of the day when she can travel to places such as Dubai to see the world’s tallest building and Tokyo and see the Imperial Palace and experience all of their rich architecture and history.
A couple of years ago she landed her dream job of becoming a travel agent. She doesn’t take a moment of work for granted. She is constantly reading articles related to the travel industry and is eager to go journey and investigate new destinations herself.
From a recent newsletter, here is an interview with Nicki:
1) What is the favorite trip you have taken?
The summer that I spent a month in Italy, all the trips to Disney Land and Disney World growing up, and more recently my trip to Mexico. I’m half Italian and I adore my Papa for taking me to Italy to see where my roots lie. I loved all the trips to Disney Land growing up, but I’m definitely a bigger fan of Disney World- I’m just crazy about Epcot.
2) Where do you want to travel that you have never visited?
France. I’m a hopeless romantic and I would love to go to Paris. I’ve always wanted to see the Eifel Tower, do a little shopping, and enjoy some French pastries, etc.
3) What do you wish people knew about travel or working with a travel agent?
Many people have tried the online booking engines of the world and then when something goes wrong and they have no one to call they immediately wish that they would have used a travel agent or agency. Our knowledge and experience can save you time and money, but more importantly if something happens then you’ll have someone to call!
4) What are your hobbies?
TRAVELING! Reading, Writing, and whenever I get a chance to saddle up I’m on a horse faster than you can say, “Let’s Go!”
5) When you heard I was going to interview you, what question were you afraid I was going to ask?
I was worried you might me if there was anything that I would want to change about my job because I would say, “Yes!” I would change that the office isn’t open on the weekends. (Editors Note: We started Saturday Office hours December of 2011.) I would love to work more.
6) What areas in travel do you specialize in?
Currently Mexico and the Caribbean, but always working on broadening my areas of expertise!
7) What famous person do you wish was a co-worker at Legacy Travel?
Barbara Walters. I know I’m a dork, but she has been all over the world as a journalist and I just know that she would have some AMAZING stories!
You can contact Nicki at email@example.com
Pictures from Nicki's recent trip to El Dorado Resorts and Azul Hotels
Check out where Nicki has been lately:
Destination Date Resort Name Type of Visit Riviera Maya 2012-01-07 Azul Beach Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2012-01-07 El Dorado Maroma Meal Riviera Maya 2012-01-07 Iberostar Cancun Site Inspection Cancun 2012-01-06 Grand Oasis Cancun Site Inspection Cancun 2012-01-06 Grand Oasis Palm Site Inspection Cancun 2012-01-06 Live Aqua Meal Cancun 2012-01-05 Sens Del Mar Stay Cancun 2011-09-27 Gran Caribe Real Meal Cancun 2011-09-27 The Royal in Cancun Stay Riviera Maya 2011-09-26 Gran Porto Real Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2011-09-25 The Royal in Playa del Carmen Stay Riviera Maya 2010-12-16 THE Royal in Playa del Carmen Stay Riviera Maya 2010-10-21 El Dorado Seaside Suites Stay Riviera Maya 2010-10-21 El Dorado Royale Meal Riviera Maya 2010-10-21 Azul Fives Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-09-18 El Dorado Royale Stay Riviera Maya 2010-09-17 Barcelo Maya Colonial and Tropical Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-09-17 Barcelo Maya Beach and Caribe Site Inspection Cancun 2010-09-16 Barcelo Costa Cancun Site Inspection Cancun 2010-09-16 Barcelo Tucancun Site Inspection Cancun 2010-09-16 Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand Site Inspection Cancun 2010-09-16 Park Royal Cancun Meal Riviera Maya 2010-09-16 Barcelo Maya Palace Stay Riviera Maya 2010-06-18 THE Royal in Playa del Carmen Meal Riviera Maya 2010-06-18 Gran Porto Real Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-06-17 Grand Sirenis Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-06-17 Grand Palladium Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-06-17 El Dorado Seaside Suites Meal Riviera Maya 2010-06-17 Barcelo Maya Palace Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-06-17 El Dorado Maroma Dinner Riviera Maya 2010-06-17 El Dorado Royale Meal Cancun 2010-06-16 Park Royal Cancun Site Inspection Cancun 2010-06-16 THE Royal in Cancun Site Inspection Cancun 2010-06-16 Gran Caribe Real Site Inspection Cancun 2010-06-16 Park Royal Cancun Caribe Meal Riviera Maya 2010-06-16 Azul Sensatori Stay Puerto Vallarta 2010-04-27 Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Site Inspection Puerto Vallarta 2010-04-26 Dreams Villamagna Site Inspection Puerto Vallarta 2010-04-25 Marival Resort and Suites Site Inspection Puerto Vallarta 2010-04-24 Marival Residences and World Spa Stay Riviera Maya 2010-01-25 El Dorado Seaside Stay Riviera Maya 2010-01-24 El Dorado Royale Site Inspection Riviera Maya 2010-01-23 El Dorado Maroma Meal Riviera Maya 2010-01-22 Azul Sensatori Meal Riviera Maya 2010-01-21 Azul Beach Hotel Site Inspection