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About Menno Travel

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Menno Travel Service started in 1947 as the travel desk for Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, PA, for sending service workers abroad after WWII.

An increase in demand for travel services in northern Indiana in the early 1950s led to the opening of the Goshen office in the fall of 1953. The Goshen office became locally owned and managed in 1980. Long time managers Doug Risser and Geof Landis bought the company in 1995. Menno Travel Goshen has grown to be the largest agency in Elkhart County and one of the largest single office agencies in Indiana through diversification of services and products.

Menno Travel is a recognized national leader in the travel industry through involvement in industry associations. Menno Travel has grown through the acquisitions of Four Seasons Travel in Elkhart in 1997, Adventure Travel in Goshen in January 2005 and most recently Destinations Travel Service in Warsaw on December 19, 2011. On March 1, 2022, Menno Travel joined the Next Travel family of agencies.

As trends, technologies, and techniques continue to transform the industry, one thing remains: our dedication to each client. Each trip. And each possibility.

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Meet Our Experts

At Menno Travel, we believe the strength of our company lies in the expertise of our dedicated team members. Discover the faces behind our company and explore the possibilities of working together to tailor your next vacation!

Erica Davidhizar embarked on her journey in the travel industry back in 2010, starting as a receptionist and sales assistant and later holding roles within the groups and incentive department. In 2018, she embraced the role of a vacation travel advisor, channeling her expertise to curate memorable travel experiences. Erica holds certifications as a Certified Sandals Specialist and Destination Specialist for sought-after destinations such as Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Italy. She has expanded her knowledge by completion of cruise courses for Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Viking. With a passion for exploration, Erica has found particular delight in Italy and Jamaica, considering them as her favorite vacations destinations to date.

Erica Davidhizar

Travel Consultant

Kami Heckaman found her way to the travel industry after realizing that she wanted a career that combined helping others and her love of travel. She attended travel school to augment her journalism degree in the late 80’s and joined Menno Travel in 1996. Kami has traveled to many places, but Montreal, Alaska with its raw beauty, and the French quaintness of Quebec City top off her list of favorite North American destination. International favorites include St. Lucia,  Jamaica, France and Switzerland. Every trip is unique and tailored to each person and situation. Kami particularly enjoys planning honeymoons, vacations for families, and arranging global vacations with complex itineraries.

Kami Heckaman

Travel Consultant

Tricia embarked on her journey in the travel industry following her graduation from the Indiana Travel Academy in 1998. In 2005, she joined the team at Menno Travel, where she has flourished as a Certified Sandals Specialist and a Destination Specialist for Las Vegas. Her expertise has led her to complete comprehensive cruise courses for Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean. Tricia specializes in creating unforgettable experiences, especially in designing honeymoons, family getaways, captivating cruises, and magical Disney vacations. Tricia fondly remembers her river cruise along the Danube, multiple trips to Hawaii, and Punta Cana. However, her heart lies with Aruba, making it her favorite destination.

Tricia Gage

Travel Consultant

Maggie Lewallen has been a travel advisor with Menno Travel since 1993. She is a Certified Travel Associate, Accredited Cruise Counselor, Certified Sandals Specialist, Hawaii Specialist and a Destination Specialist for the Caribbean, Pacific Rim and Western Europe.  Maggie specializes in trips to Europe, River Cruising, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Alaska, Australia and Africa.  Some of her favorite trips include Italy, Ireland, Alaska, Hawaii and a River Cruise in France.  She enjoys planning any type of vacation including customizing travel to meet your needs.

Maggie Lewallen

Travel Consultant

Sondra began her career in travel in 1998, finding her professional home at Menno Travel in 2004. With a degree in Hospitality and Tourism, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Specializing as a Destination Specialist for Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, and Mexico, Sondra’s passion for these locales shines through in her meticulous planning and tailored recommendations. Sondra holds the title of Certified Sandals Specialist along with various cruise specialist courses. Sondra’s extensive travel experience includes destinations such as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Grand Canyon. Her exploration doesn’t stop there; she is also well versed in cruises worldwide, including river cruise experiences. Sondra continues to create remarkable and personalized experiences that exceed expectations, making each client’s vacation a memorable adventure.

Sondra Pressler

Travel Consultant

Francisco learned to love travel crisscrossing the country in his parent’s mini-van before GPS was a thing and maps were made of paper.  After graduating from Manchester University with a degree in communications, he began a career in the restaurant industry that lasted over 20 years and taught him how to cook, how to adapt to obstacles, and a lot about how to make every client’s experience a great one.  He is thrilled to be transitioning into the Travel industry at a time when (as recent empty nesters) he and his wife can really enjoy travelling together.  Francisco’s travels have taken him to Western Europe, The U.K. the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica numerous times, and he is looking forward to sharing his experience and expertise crafting customized itineraries to the great cities, locations, and undiscovered treasures of the world.

Francisco Ramirez

Travel Consultant

Liana Oswalt is a Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS). She joined Menno Travel in 2016 and manages group operations, including corporate incentive travel. She has extensive experience in logistics planning, communication, onsite operation and management. She has traveled to many parts of the world including Dominican Republic, Mexico, China, Hungary, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Scotland, Canada and Hawaii. Prior to joining Menno, she worked 19 years for a Fortune 500 chemical company based in Dallas, Texas, held her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation and was responsible for all aspects of their global corporate meetings and events. 

Liana Oswalt

Travel Consultant, CIS, CMP

Kimberly De Vincent serves as our Sales Assistant, managing phone inquiries and assisting walk-in clients. Her responsibilities include accounting, shipping coordinating, office inventory management, and document processing. Kimberly’s travel experiences extend throughout the United States, with Kauai being her favorite destination. Her aspirations include exploring international destinations such as the Caribbean, Italy, Greece, and Japan.

Kimberly De Vincent

Sales Assistant
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Disney Vacation

I just wanted to take a second and thank you for going above and beyond in helping us book our Disney vacation. We have never taken a vacation of this magnitude before and you put our fears at ease and helped us every step of the way. From making sure we had passes to meals and how to pay, you were very professional and extremely helpful. I have been recommending Menno Travel to everyone I meet. We definitely will be going through Menno Travel again for our vacation needs.

Jen P

Hawaii Trip

Our trip was a journey to remember the rest of our lives and everything you planned went by perfectly. Our Oahu lodgings were a treat; convenient to the pool and beach. Maui was a true dream; the condo turned into a two-bedroom with a balcony and a view you see in the magazines. We loved every moment!! We had lunch on the ship while whale-watching and the real highlight was filling my bucket list to fly in a helicopter! I was put next to (I mean next to!) the pilot, with arms touching. Jake was on my left and four more passengers were in the back seat. We flew over the south end of Maui but the crater was clouded over, so the pilot treated us to a tour over Molokai, where we could see the reef and canyons on Maui…they don’t’ usually fly there. Again, we saw whales and manatee and truly the untouched Hawaii!! Our journey added three days in Chicago – two before and the night we arrived home, all due to storms but staff at the Holiday Inn were wonderful and that, too, was an adventure. Thank you, Tricia for a job well done and an 80th birthday gift fit for royalty.

The Bitners

Wedding Anniversary

Like most people, there are certain things I enjoy doing myself, with the added satisfaction of saving some money. Other things I know better than to even attempt (plumbing, electricity). So when it came to the celebration of my wife and I’s 10th wedding anniversary, or our first-ever trip to London and Switzerland, I instinctively turned to professionals to help us with these projects.Hiring Menno Travel to design these experiences was a very wise decision, with lasting impact. For our anniversary getaway, we ended up with a cruise of the four main Hawaiian Islands. This allowed us to experience all of Hawaii, rather than just one resort or one island. I also appreciated their recommendation to upgrade to a hotel right on Waikiki Beach overlooking Diamond Head to start our journey. On our trip to London and Switzerland, at Menno Travel’s recommendation our hotel was only two blocks from Buckingham Palace and within walking distance to many of the attractions you would want to visit in London. This was an ideal location and allowed us to enjoy London on foot, which we prefer to do. I would highly recommend anyone to use Menno Travel when planning your next trip. They will provide insight that only a professional can give. Additionally, I encourage you to spend that little extra for the upgrades that they recommend. It will truly make a difference in your experience.

Tom P.

Italian Elegance

There are so many choices to make and things to think of when planning a trip – I was grateful to have the benefit of Maggie and Menno’s experience of various tour companies and the many other considerations when planning our trip to Italy. We had a terrific time! After reviewing maybe 5 tour companies and 12 to 15 itineraries, Insight Vacations and the Italian Elegance tour was almost perfect for what we were looking for. Thank you for your help and guidance!


African Safari

Kami, My family wants to thank you so much for what was the trip of a lifetime! Everything was perfect and we were happy with every part! Also, thanks for all your patience with all my changes and needing so many difficult itineraries for so many different people! We all agreed that the safari was the best. Our guide was the best and all accommodations were much fancier than we were used to, and all the food was amazing. Thank you!

Stephanie S.

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