Hello, I am Mary Montgomery Nielson!

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I’m an Idaho native, who as a child, traveled vicariously through reading National Geographic Magazines, books written in far away lands, imagining my great-aunt's experience of living her adult life in Kolcutta and Darjeeling India saving young girls from the streets, and marrying into an wonderful internationally diverse family with incredible worldly stories.

My wanderlust centers around those off-the-beaten locations, languages, culture, food, local people and their stories.  

I hope this blog inspires you to explore new places. Feel free to leave a comment or follow me on social media!


Private Travel Designer

Travel is a journey away from home involving a truly memorable and powerful experience whether it be Active, Cultural, Natural, Social or Spiritual that will enrich your life and improve the way you connect with the world. As a Private Travel Designer, I specialize in my clients instead of the destination, so that I may meticulously cultivate genuine, transformational, pure life experiences, and tantalizing experiential itineraries tailored to inspiring destinations around the world. I consistently look for “next” destinations and search for inspirational discovery opportunities whether it be to travel along your family’s DNA migration, to reconnect with loved ones and the world, or to adventure out of your comfort level. I catalogue feedback my clients acquire from their travels and refine that knowledge to enhance their next discovery, all the while protecting our planet and communities, culminating in a comprehensive and unparalleled personal travel experience.
— Mary Montgomery Nielson, CTA

Awards & Certificates:

  • Harmon Travel Platinum Level Winner 2016, 2017

  • Top Travel Designer of the Year 2016, 2017

  • 2016 Top 25 Performers with Travel Bound

  • Finalist for Signature Travel Network’s Michelle Morgan Leadership Award 2017

  • “A Word with Mary Nielson” | Idaho Business Review Interview October 2, 2017 | Travelwire News October 2, 2017

  • China Expert  |   http://imperialtours.net/travel_agent/mary-nielson

  • ILTM, Cannes, France 2016, 2017

  • Africa Specialist  |  Micato Safaris and Abercrombie & Kent

  • Grace & Grit . . . education for street girls in Calcutta India and those less fortunate in Chyulu Hills Kenya  . . . 501(3)c nonprofit family organization | Executive Director


Instagram: @merrytraveldesigner