About Us

Since 1967, 4 Seasons Vacations in Albert Lea, Minnesota has helped thousands of travelers just like you plan their perfect vacation. Our team of professionals will handle all of the details including airline and hotel reservations, cruise bookings, car rentals, and vacation packages. Do you need a passport or Visa? The advice of an expert can make all the difference.
David Nelson

David Nelson

David Nelson, President and owner of 4 Seasons companies is an Albert Lea native. After graduating with a degree in business management he joined 4 Seasons, a family business, in July of 1980. He and his wife Michele have three daughters and one grandson. David has traveled to Mexico and the Caribbean over 30 times and has also visited Europe, taken several cruises and crisscrossed the United States on his motorcycle. Several trips to Alaska and Hawaii are also included in David’s travels. Along with 4 Seasons Vacations, the Nelson family also owns 2 sister businesses, 4 Seasons Coffee and 4 Seasons Advertising.

Sue Barber

Sue Barber


Sue Barber is a native of Albert Lea, Minnesota. She began her career in travel at World Travel in Albert Lea in 1971. She took a break when she had her three daughters and returned to the travel business in 1976. Eventually Sue became an owner of World Travel with two of her travel partners and continued to manage the agency until 4 Seasons purchased World Travel in 1993. She has 36 years of experience in the travel industry and has been with 4 Seasons for 20 years. Sue is presently the Director of Group Operations at 4 Seasons Vacations. Her duties are to coordinate all of the extended escorted tours which include air flights, Amtrak, and/or cruises. She is also a Tour Director on some of the tours.

During Sue’s career she has traveled extensively. Included are visits throughout almost all of the 50 United States, many of the Caribbean Islands, many of the European countries, Israel and Jordan. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience in Israel and Jordan because of the very familiar history. Another favorite tour was France and Bavaria, featuring Oberammergau, Germany. The famous passion play is performed every 10 years in the quaint little village of Oberammergau. Only residents of the village may perform in the production. A favorite family vacation is Walt Disney World and Sue has traveled there frequently with both her children and grandchildren. It is such a magical destination.

When Sue is not traveling, she enjoys quilting and has purchased many quilting projects during her traveling. She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family especially her 3 grandsons.

Larry Alvey

Larry Alvey


Larry is from the Hollandale area and has been in the travel industry since 1978. After graduating from Northwestern College, he served 2 years in the US Army and taught high school business classes for 7 years in northern Iowa. He began his travel experience as a Tour Manager with an international tour company out of Chicago before returning to Minnesota in 1984. Larry brought sales, domestic and international travel experience to 4 Seasons and has been with the company since.

Larry’s 30-plus years as a Tour Manager has literally taken him around the world several times hosting travelers to New York, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia, Africa and Australia to name a few. Larry also enjoys introducing destinations like the Panama Canal, Alaska and Hawaii through a cruising experience. Larry enjoys being with people and helping them get the most out of their 4 Seasons vacation. Not only does he assist them on the trip but also with the planning of the adventure so they get the most out of their tour destination.

When Larry isn’t traveling, he’s enjoying time with his Dad and other family members in the Hollandale area. He also enjoys being owned by his black lab Max, living on his family farm just outside of Albert Lea.

Joyce Langerud

Joyce Langerud


4 Seasons Vacations has been Joyce’s place of employment for the past 12 years and is her retirement job. She is the tour director for the motor coach tours where she has met and become acquainted with many people. She enjoys traveling and has met many fine folks on the motor coach trips she has escorted. Some of Joyce’s favorite tours have taken her to Alaska, Savannah, Georgia, and Washington D. C.

Joyce has been married to her husband, Ray, for 57 years. They have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Albert Lea has been her lifetime home where she enjoys cooking, reading, and crocheting in her spare time.


Cindy Meany-Motor Coach Tour Manager

Cindy grew up in the Austin area and began traveling as a child with her parents to Hawaii when her brother was stationed there in the Navy. As an adult she continued visiting the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with her own family and is still one of her favorite destinations.

Cindy has traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as the Caribbean both by land and by sea. Cindy has 9 years of experience with Carnival Cruise line as a Sales Trainer and brings valuable knowledge and experience to our agency.

Cindy has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys spoiling her grandkids and spending time with her friends and family.

Cindy’s other favorite destinations would be Estes Park Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park or relaxing on a tropical Caribbean beach.

Michelle Tufte

Michelle Tufte


Michelle has been with 4 Seasons Vacations since 2006. She is an Administrative Assistant for the Group Tours Department. She enjoys creating the brochures and travel documents. Michelle also likes being able to assist customers whether over the phone or in person.

She enjoys traveling to new places and spending time with her husband and two daughters. New York City and Las Vegas are her favorite places she’s traveled, enjoying the shows, shopping and environment of the big and busy cities.

Shannan Nelson

Shannan Nelson – Administrative Assistant Group Department

Shannan is a new face to 4 Seasons Vacations as of Spring 2016… She is an Executive Assistant in the Group Travel Department.  Shannan is from Alden growing up on her families’ farm. She has a daughter and son whom are twins. They are involved in a variety of activities which include sports and showing cattle and her daughter loves showing her horse. These activities involve the entire family and keeps her very busy. Shannan enjoys spending time with her family and of course the family pets Paisley and Abe are always included. She also loves walking, biking and shopping…

Tammi Haney

Tammi Haney


Tammi began her career in travel as a leisure vacations agent with 4 Seasons in 1992. She managed All Continents Travel for 12 years until 4 Seasons purchased it in 2008. She has been interested and excited about travel since her first flight her family took to California at the age of 7. Tammi has one teenage daughter who shares her love for travel.

Tammi has guided many groups on cruises, Mexico and Jamaica. She is a Disney and Sandals specialist and plans leisure trips worldwide. Her travel experience includes: Ireland, Alaska/Caribbean Cruises, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, many destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, along with most of the United States. Her favorites are Mexico and the Caribbean. She loves to snorkel, horseback ride on the beach, catamaran cruise and watch sunsets on the beach while listening to the waves.

Tammi is available Monday – Friday to help you with your travel plans.

Sara Buechele

Sara Buechele


Sara caught the travel bug as a child. Her family traveled to 48 states via motorhome. After graduating, Sara did eventually make it to Hawaii and Alaska.

While living in Southern California, Sara began her career in travel. She worked for a company selling discounted airline tickets, and then for a full service travel agency.

Sara moved back to the Midwest in 2006 and is working at 4 Seasons in the retail travel agency. She is delighted to once again be working in a field she is so passionate about.

A couple of favorite destinations for her are Bermuda (for the pink sand beaches), Italy (for the food and architecture) and Tahiti-Moorea-Bora Bora (words just can’t describe). Her dream destination is Thailand (someday!).

Louise Ashleson

Louise Ashleson


Thoughts of becoming a travel agent for Louise began in May of 1978 when she and her sister traveled to Greece and the island of Mykonos. By August of that year, she was on her way to travel agent training and 30-plus years in the industry. She had previously traveled to Hawaii and South America, where she toured Lima, Peru, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, Chile. For her 70th birthday, Louise was delighted to return to South America during a cruise.

Louise has enjoyed the rare opportunity to tour Sydney, Australia twice as well as to visit New Zealand. She has cruised with Princess on a 2-week jaunt to Singapore with stops in Jakarta, Bali, Port Moresby, Darwin, and the Great Barrier Reef. She and her sister have also traveled extensively to the Scandinavian countries and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Her latest thrill was traveling to Barcelona, Spain and cruising in Italy, which included time in Rome and at the Vatican.

As Louise’s passion for travel continues, she has become a true advocate of escorted tours and has seen how stress-free and relaxed a traveler can be. She has even become a regular participant on 4 Seasons Vacations motorcoach adventures!

Sue Wangsness

Sue Wangsness

Sue has been with 4 Seasons Vacations in the accounting department since 2001. She grew up in southern Minnesota. After living in Colorado and Texas for over 12 years, she came back to Minnesota.
Sue enjoys gardening and golfing.

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