About us

We offer a personal touch


At Heartland Travel, we think of ourselves as more than travel agents – we’re travel consultants. Our profession and passion is finding the trip that is the right fit for you. 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. It’s all about the personal touch.
We are also here to answer ALL of your questions. What’s the best way to see the pyramids? How soon do I need to get my passport? Are there advantages or disadvantages to visiting certain locations this time of year? Give us a call, and we’d be happy to assist. Vacation planning should be fun and easy. Our goal is to save you time, money and stress by doing all of the heavy lifting for you!



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 fulfill her customers’ dreams of seeing the world. 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 five children. Her extensive travel experience and love of far-flung destinations make her the agency’s specialist in places like Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Punta Cana, Alaska, Mexico and more.



Patty Taylor

Patty started at Heartland in 1989, after two prior years of experience as a travel agent. She loves to travel and feels lucky to have turned that passion into a career. Her specialty is Europe, where she has visited many times. Patty has also traveled extensively in the states and the Caribbean, and has been to Africa and Asia. She enjoys traveling with her teenage daughter, because it allows her to see the sites from a different perspective.



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. Laurie is passionate about helping Heartland clients experience their destination to the fullest. Laurie is a Sandals specialist, has arranged many destination weddings, and also specializes in Jamaica, Punta Cana, Cancun/Mayan Riviera and the US & British Virgin Islands.

Contact Us

102 West Mill Street Suite 4A
Waterloo IL 62298


Come Visit

Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Appointments not required but appreciated.

Saturday and Sunday

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