About Us

We love to talk travel

Whether it’s down the road or across the globe, business or pleasure, whale-watching on an Alaskan cruise or climbing the pyramids of Chichen Itza, travel planning is our profession and our passion. We think of ourselves as more than travel agents – we’re travel consultants.

With Heartland Travel, it’s all about the personal touch. Have a question – What’s the best way to see the pyramids? How soon do I need to get my passport? – give us a call. We’re here to make your dream vacation a reality, and save you time, money, and stress in the process.

Who is Heartland Travel

Connie Vogt

Connie became an agent with Heartland Travel in 1985, and loved the business so much she’s never left. She bought the agency from Doris Rippelmeyer in 2001, and has continued working to make her customers’ dreams of seeing the world come true. Connie holds a bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from St. Louis University, and has traveled extensively in both Europe and Asia. Together with her husband Paul, she has 5 children. Her extensive travel experience and love of far-flung destinations makes her the agency’s specialist in places like Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Punta Cana, Alaska, Mexico, River Cruises, and more.


Ginny Borcharding

Ginny has traveled throughout the United States, Caribbean, and Mexico. She’s worked with Heartland Travel since 1996, and enjoys helping clients learn to explore the world. Ginny has worked extensively with cruises, Sandals Resorts, and destination weddings, and holds a specialist certificate for Hawaii, Alaska, Cancun, the Mayan Riviera, the Bahamas, and Jamaica.


Laurie Dietz

Laurie is an adventurous traveler who has vacationed throughout Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and the United States. She came to Heartland Travel in 2006 after working as a travel agent for AAA and taking some time off to raise her children, and is passionate about helping Heartland clients experience their destination to the fullest. Laurie is a Sandals specialist, has done many destination weddings, and also specializes in Jamaica, Punta Cana, Cancun/ Mayan Riviera, and the US & British Virgin Islands.


Patty Taylor

Patty became a travel agent in 1987 and started at Heartland in 1989. Patty always loved to travel and feels lucky to have turned that love of travel into a career. Patty traveled extensively in the states and the Caribbean. She has also visited Africa and Asia. Her specialty is Europe, where she has been many times. She enjoys traveling with her teenage daughter and seeing travel from another point of view.



Heartland Travel

123 South Main Street
Waterloo IL 62298




Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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