Heather Rude 

Fort Dodge, IA United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Beach & Sun
  • Family Travel
  • Honeymoons
  • Destination Weddings

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I have worked in the travel industry for 19 years before coming to Travel and Transport. After all this time, I still love to see the excitement in my clients’ faces and hear the happiness in their voices when I hand over their travel documents and send them on their journey. I am a Carribbean Destination Specialist, and love to travel there myself! I’ve recently traveled to Jamaica and Disney World, but my the most amazing travel memory so far is scuba diving in Mexico.

Places I Have Traveled

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Great service and help finding best fares on air, hotels and rental cars!!

By: Chad K

Reviewed on: 23 Apr 2015

My trip went very well and I appreciate the expert service from Heather at Travel and Transport. I will be working with her on many more trips.

Great travel agent

By: Brucek

Reviewed on: 07 May 2015

After taking over for a departed travel agent Heather did a great job of picking up our trip and finishing up. She was always willing to answer my questions and informed me when my documents were ready. Thanks Heather!

expert, friendly service

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 22 May 2015

Everything went smoothly.we had a very nice quick 3 day trip for daughter's graduation. Thanks for the assistance.

Connections were good. Trip went smoothly.

By: Larry and Cindy

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Everyone enjoyed the vacation. We didn't have any problems with anything, except figuring out what excursions to take. The Carnival Glory ship was an older ship. The buffet could have been better with more choices and warmer food. The dining meal was good, but service was slow. It took two hours to get the three courses and eat the meal. A person that had been on a lot of Carnival cruises, said this is the worst service and buffet she has had on a Carnival ship. She said the Carnival Breeze was a better ship and was all around better cruise experience. Heather did a good job managing and booking our cruise and flight for all ten of us. Our rooms were close together. Thank you Heather for your help. Cindy

Friendly & Knowledgeable

By: BusyB

Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

Heather answered all my questions in a friendly and timely manner. I had a wonderful trip and felt confident since I'd gone through Travel & Transport-FD!

Wonderful Service and trip

By: Xave

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2015

The trip was absolutely wonderful and Heather did a perfect job in setting it all up. We could not have asked for a better job from a travel agent!!!!

Amazing communication

By: TJLowe2011

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2015

Heather had been helping us plan this trip since April of this year. She was very helpful and let us know all of our options. When it came down to booking the trip it was very seamless and we had absolutely no issues or worries. I refer friends and family to Heather and we are grateful that she is always there for our travels needs.

Great service from wonderful people

By: payat45

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2015

The trip was as always long. The flight to Tokyo was about half full and from Tokyo to Newark was, it seemed less than half full. It was good because I was able to stretch out and get some sleep. The flight from Newark to Pittsburgh was regional plane that you had to check carry-on bags at the plane door. When I picked up in Pittsburgh I didn't notice until I was in the hotel that it was dropped and one corner was completely smashed. I always treated really good from the car rental place. The return was completely full on every flight which make it very long. Overall everything was great. I'm already planning my trip for next year. As of right now I am planning on June, July, or August. Even though the weather was good, it was still a little chilly. I would really like to include my wife next year. Will have to wait and see. All in all the trip went well. Another great job from Travel and Transport.

good service, very helpful

By: Larry

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2016

Heather was very helpful in planning our trip.

Happy results.

By: Brown

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2016

Everything that Heather set up went off without a hitch. Air travel, hotel, cruise and shuttles were all what we asked for.

Great Place

By: DBL48

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2016

Staff was friendly and helpful, grounds were well kept. The place was big but food and beverage were always close. Nice big beach with plenty of beach loungers to set on without getting up early to grab a spot. Food was good, specialty restaurants were great.



Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

As always I get expert service from all at the Fort Dodge office. Always get me the best deals for flights and travel. Have been using them for many years and get the service that is above and beyond. Thanks for so many years of super service. Flight and car was wonderful. Talk to you all for next trip.

Great experience and easy flight schedule


Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2016

I always have a great flight schedule and car rental when booking through Heather.

good service

By: Cindys

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2016

Heather made all of our arrangements in a timely manner. She tried to get us the best deal for our money. We would work with her again.

Globus Fall Foliage

By: ginger

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

Had a great trip. Very well planned. Excellent tour director. First flight went on schedule. Flight home was rerouted due to problems at LaGuardia, but home on time. Always pleased with the service at Travel and Transport.


By: denise65

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2017

Heather did a great job again planning our trip. She stayed in touch with me throughout the process and gave great recommendations. I will definitely plan my next trip with her again. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Awesome trip

By: Amy

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2017

Heather is always very professional and does her best to get the best deal for her customer on the level they want it.

Great service

By: Matt

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2017

Very easy. Got the flight times we wanted and a great price.

Puerta vallarta

By: T.j

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Heather is very pleasant., she does her best to get met all the request you want when planning a trip.

Great to work with!!

By: funtrip

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2017

Heather was great to work with and answered all our questions that we had.



Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

We were very satisfied with Heather. She did a great job for us.

winter Vacation

By: spot

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Very nice, everything was perfect.

Jim R

By: Jim R

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

Great to work with

Second great trip

By: Newlyweds

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

We booked Jamaica last year and the dominican Republic this year both with Heather both on her recommendation and both were wonderful. We have recommend her to family and will be going through here again next year😊

Last minute trip to Mexico

By: Mark Miller

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2017

She got us just want we wanted and needed 1 week before our trip. Gave us good choices and advice. Had the best time we have ever had. We seek Heather when we are needing help with our travel plans.

Top notch

By: Jack

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

Excellent! Arranged for me to stay at two separate locations in Mexico, special boarding for a disabled partner, plus flights and transportation after arriving and upon leaving. Everything went exactly as planned, providing for a very enjoyable trip.

Easy to work with.

By: Tony

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2017

We have worked with Heather for 2 or 3 yrs. now She does a nice job. We go to the same place every year, and she books it just as we ask. We feel she works to get us the best deal. Tony & Lanette


By: Doreen Coppinger

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2017

She was very good and very helpful. The resort was very nice and we enjoyed our trip.

PV Trip

By: Coco

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2017

Very good. She was very helpful every time I called.

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By: Mexico

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

Heather did a good job setting up our trip and getting the necessary documents to us in a timely fashion. I would recommend her to anyone planning to travel.

Travel agent was great

By: IaMom

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2017

She is very easy to work with.

Fun in the Sun!

By: Anamyrt

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2017

Very accommodating and set up our great trip quickly!

Cozumel trip

By: Jeremy Adams

Reviewed on: 13 Mar 2017

Heather was awesome to deal with!! She did a great job for us! We will definately use her services to book our next trip!

trip to florida

By: Mark and Audrey

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2017

Heather aways takes the worry out of travel for us! That's why we keep going back to her. We know we have an advocate if there are any issues, but when she sets things up for us, it is usually straight forward and easy to follow. We enjoy her friendly attitude and willingness to create the trip We want.

Repeat Business

By: Retired Rob

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2017

We have used Ms. Rude a number of times for both domestic and overseas travel. She has always done a great job for us.


By: CM

Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2017

She is great but very over worked due to shortage of employee's at her office.


By: Factory

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2017

She is awesome and knows what she's talking about!!

trip to pitt 5-27

By: walt soss

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

Heather as always came through. It is such a great relief to know my travel plans are in good hands. Always look to continue to do business with her.

overseas trip europe flights

By: williamhenry

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2017

great. got me a super cheap but good flight.


By: Jeremy adams

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2017

Heather did a good job here. We will use her again for our travels!

Travel and Transport with Heather

By: Cindy

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Heather did a good job finding out the information we asked her to check on. She gave us several options and helped us decide which would work best for us. Heather pointed out things we hadn't thought to consider in making decisions. We would definitely work with her again.

Heather Rude

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2017

Heather has always been great to work with. I have called her for travel help for years and she has always gotten me what I need even if I have forgotten to ask for it. I never worry when she has done my travel work.

great job of advising on our trip.

By: Caroline

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

Heather is wonderful to work with and set up many wonderful excursions for us on our trip. We had a wonderful time despite the aged ship. We will continue to work with her on our trips.....


By: Patches

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2017

Heather was very knowledgeable and helpful in planning our trip. She was always quick to respond to any inquiries we had.

Great trip

By: Jones

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Great experience

Trip to Durango

By: Joni

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

We were so happy with everything she did for us! Trip went perfect with no flaws!! Thanks Heather!

My cruise

By: Rogers

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

A great person to book a family vacation with

Tauck Hudson Valley Tour

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Heather has assisted us several times with our travel needs....always very efficient trying to obtain the best airline connections/prices to meet our needs. She is very thorough and makes sure we know everything we need to know for our upcoming travels. We will continue to contact her for future travels.

Very Good

By: BG

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Heather has always been the best to work with. She always reminds me if I forget to order a car at my destination. If I have problems while traveling she has always come to my rescue. You can not ask for more than that.

The Cove-Montego Bay-Jamaica

By: van

Reviewed on: 05 Dec 2017

Heather was once again key in lining up everything about my most recent Jamaica vacation. I want to do it right so I go directly to Heather for her experience and knowledge to make sure that happens. I will be visiting her again for sure.

Trip to Texas

By: Donna

Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2017

Heather planned my trip and I had a very low rate. I had a wheelchair waiting at each plane landing. Couldn't have gone better. Thanks Heather


By: South2

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2018

Handled our requests efficiently and timely ... she's knowledgeable and pleasant to work with

WindStar Cruise

By: Meff

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

A OK-- Roger and Rob did all the work. Mike


By: joyce

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

She was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the islands. Had fun working with Heather setting up the vacation.

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By: Bryce

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

She was great. My reservation was made quickly and was exactly what I wanted.


By: sue

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

friendly and accomodating

The best

By: Mark & Kathy

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2018

We have used Heather several times and have been extremely satisfied with her work and diligence to get what we want.

Two Thumbs Up

By: NanCSu

Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2018

I can always count on Heather to review my request and recommend options. She is quick to respond and accountable. While so many people are making their own travel plans on-line, I like the peace of mind of working with an expert.

Trip to Cozumel

By: Tom Allen

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2018

Working with Heather on our annual trip to Cozumel was a great experience. Looking forward to next year's trip.


By: Greg

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2018

She does a great job


By: Factory

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

Very knowledgeable and open to what I wanted

Very cool

By: K

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2018

Just needed to plan a trip with special time circumstances and heather came through

Review of Advisor

By: TK

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

Very easy to work with. Listened to what I wanted and found the best that she could find.


By: Echo

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

she was very professional and very prompt on getting us answers and pricing when we asked for it. She was very good at understanding what we wanted for our customers and she delivered.

Florida trip

By: Molly Baker

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

Amazing...she was very helpful and explained eveything to me in a way I could understand. Anytime I had a question, she was there to answer and help me out. She was very prompt on returning emails and phone calls. Would highly recommend her to anyone and will definitely use her again.

south america trip

By: steve

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

worked out fine. good airline connections. no problems

Always a Pleasure

By: NanCSu

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2018

I can always count on Heather to get my travel plans secured. I don’t worry abt a thing!

Good times in Canadian Mountains

By: happy person

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2018

Everything went just as it was planned. No hitches at all.


By: Jane

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2018

Always very helpful! Heather takes the stress out of traveling!

Trip to Cancun

By: tacobender

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

It was OK. She did get the itinerary delivered before we left.


By: Nancy

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

I did not actually work with Heather to plan the trip, as I was an invited guest, however, when I did speak with her to learn more, and to make payments, I was very impressed with Heather. And I will say, in hindsight, that our trip was very well planned, flights, hotel, ground transportation, etc. Thank you Heather. I'll be back!

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