Central & South America
I have been in the travel industry for over 19 years with specialist experience in long haul First and Business Class travel. My passion is to provide expert advice on both luxury and business travel with the aim of making all my clients travel experiences as enjoyable and seamless as they should be. My clients travel needs are my number one priority.
With extensive knowledge of the world’s most exceptional hotels, resorts and airlines, combined with vast experience in the luxury and economy travel sectors, I pride myself on saving you time and effort by advising, recommending and providing results based on your personal requirements.
As a professional Travel Counsellor, I’m available at a time that best suits your needs - 7 days a week. My commitment to all of my clients begins long before they travel and continues after they’ve arrived home.
I am able to provide you with the opportunity of selecting your holiday in the comfort of your home, office or any other location convenient to you.
I really love what I do and my passion for travel has taken me to all continents around the world including my personal favourite South Africa, with 30 visits so far (honest!) enhancing my experience and knowledge in this amazing country.
Travel Counsellors’ award winning reputation allows me to deliver the great service my clients deserve, so to start planning your next trip please contact me anytime by phone or email.
As the indomitable 'Red' Adair was quoted as saying "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur".
I hope to hear from you soon.
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
16 November 2018
A quick week away to Mexico was a great immersion in the country for my first trip a little while back. Whether you connect via the US or fly direct from a European hub, there is no escaping the gargantuan size of the capital – Mexico City. On approach in the evening, the lights of the city below seem to appear so long before your actual touchdown. This is additional reinforcement of the 9 million inhabitants who call this metropolis home (6 million in the whole of Ireland by way of comparison – North & South). A welcome break from the mania outside...
26 June 2018
Selected to represent Travel Counsellors on a trip organised by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors Bureau, I flew direct from London Gatwick into Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport (FLL), one of a growing number of US destinations offered by this new carrier, shaking up the transatlantic market. Probably best described as a ‘low cost / long haul’ operator, Norwegian operate the state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner on this route. Nothing more to be said here, other than this is arguably the most advanced aircraft in the sky today. Standard economy seats to match all rivals. No business class...
12 October 2017
A long overdue visit to Canada’s British Columbia province was everything I always hoped it would have been. Beginning in Vancouver city with a great hotel location in Yaletown had any number of dining options within a short distance. This most walkable of cities initially had us at the central Canada Place from where the ‘FlyOver Canada’ experience is located. We entered not knowing what to expect and this is the only way – suffice to say it is a jaw dropping sensory experience, seeing Canada from an aerial perspective from its eastern shores all the way over to the western...
01 May 2017
First time to Canada after more than a dozen times to the US and I certainly was not disappointed. Using the Air Canada Rouge direct flight from Dublin to Toronto (Vancouver also in the summer season) was seamless. Pitched as a ‘low cost’ carrier I certainly didn’t feel that corners had been cut excessively. No seat back TV’s initially throws people, but with their notice to have the Air Canada app downloaded to your phone or tablet, with the onboard wi-fi streaming all the programmes, movies, news and music you’ll need directly to your device. It’s a first for me...
04 July 2015
I experienced some new amazing places I'd heard of and revisited some of my favourites on my milestone 30th trip to South Africa recently. I flew over with British Airways who operate their new Airbus A380 aircraft to Johannesburg and this experience really was a step forward in quality, space and service. Recovering from the 10 hour flight from London was made much easier by a short stay at the Montecasino complex in the upmarket suburb of Sandton in Johannesburg. The entertainment facilities on offer in and around the Palazzo Hotel where I stayed were fantastic ranging from award winning shows,...
01 July 2014
If I had a penny for everyone who had the idea of driving Route 66… I have done it myself and for the most part I was unimpressed, in comparison to a drive I did before then. I fine-tuned my plan and ended up with the following route: https://goo.gl/maps/Mysu3 Flying into the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver, Colorado was to be my start point. An easy night there to recuperate before heading the 200 miles to Gunnison. The nearby winter ski town of Crested Butte turns into an outdoor biking/hiking centre during the snowless months. Perhaps more surprisingly, the Black Canyon...
14 May 2013
I travelled in May 2013 to the newly opened 5 Star St Regis Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi with my family. I found this to be a great time of year to visit before the very hot summer. Located on a fantastic 12km stretch of beach with a sparse 3 luxury hotels at this location. It’s fantastic for walks as far as the horizon with uninterrupted views, certainly harder to come by in Dubai in my experience. It’s a wonderful property with a large selection of rooms and suites, with every kind of facilitates available. Just a 15 minute drive from town...
10 May 2012
A trip to New Zealand to visit my sister brought me back to the beautiful Marlborough province of the South Island; home to the eponymous Marlborough Sounds coastal area and is also renowned as the premier white wine producing area in the entire country. All of the above makes this a whole destination in itself. We drove around the relatively compact area enjoying all that it had to offer, including lunch in the gems of towns omitted on any guide book. The stunning Queen Charlotte Sound as a homeward scenery backdrop is truly one of the most scenic places on earth. The...
10 March 2012
My 29th visit to South Africa (honestly!). This time to try and improve my time on the incredible Cape Argus bike ride. Staying in a great central location at the Mandela Rhodes Place in the middle of the ‘Mother City’ which provides spacious apartments, a great pool deck and great food. A very necessary relaxing time afterward in the picturesque Cape Winelands village of Franschhoek allowing me to recuperate properly from the exertions of the reason for the trip. Heading back to my most favourite of cities is never a hardship as the constantly evolving accommodation and eateries never...
07 October 2011
We brought my mother on her first trip to Thailand and there is nowhere to improve upon the incomparable Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai in the north of the country (previously managed by the Mandarin Oriental group). This paradise of a hotel is built within 60 acres of locally farmed rice paddy fields and is home to, quite likely, the world’s top spa. Previously employed rice farmers have now been kept on as employees doing exactly what they were before. They get a wage instead from the hotel now, with the farmed rice being given to the local monks. Accommodations are...
09 September 2011
A relatively short haul journey direct to Istanbul with the Turkish Airways service, to explore this fabled meeting place of East & West! Staying in the historic Legacy Ottoman, we were within walking distance to everything that should be seen. The Blue Mosque and the Spice Market being the real “We’re not in Kansas anymore” moments. Flying from the capital, we ultimately ended the day at the village of Kas. A stunning fishing town I visited the previous year on a canoe trip. Situated halfway between the airports of Lycian Coast airports of Dalaman & Antalya, this 2 hour road transfer...
10 May 2011
This family trip to the Republic of Mauritius (Île Maurice) was for a big birthday for my father-in-law. We stayed in the wonderful Lux La Morne on the south west corner of the island. It’s so named for the freestanding La Morne Brabant Mountain, which rises immediately from sea level to over 550m. Standing on the beach, the views looking up at this iconic UNESCO World Heritage mountain are only rivalled by those looking out to sea. The close proximity of the Black River Gorges National Park is fantastic if you need a break from the relaxation. The beach on which...
08 October 2010
For my fourth visit to the Maldives we decided to celebrate and go all out, spending 16 nights in one of the most impressive properties in the country (and maybe the world?) Shangri-la’s Villingili is situated on the most southern point in the country. Instead of the typical seaplane or boat journey, this actually requires an additional transfer by domestic plane to the airport at Gan from your international arrival point at Male. This property took our breath away from the off. As is typical for the country, only this hotel is built on the island in question. They provide private...
18 February 2010
A lifelong awaited trip to Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Arguably the world’s most remote inhabited island, it can be reached from the Chilean capital Santiago on LAN’s thrice weekly flight (or coming westbound from Tahiti). Famous above all for the 800+ stone statues (or Moai) scattered throughout, Easter Island is now declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Bodies carved from the solidified volcanic stone from a single quarry, eyes of white coral and occasional hats hewn from rock high in iron to give the red tinge. The Moai were for me the primary reason for travelling. What I found also were the...
Sent in by David Barniville
County Dublin, 17 July 2019
We are always happy to book with Roger, who always provides an excellent service.
Sent in by Leah Clarke
Waikawa, New Zealand, 17 July 2019
Excellent service, the flights I wanted with minimum stopover time - I knew I was in good hands all the way. I have already recommended to 3 friends wanting inspiration for a long haul holiday with that personal touch
Sent in by Billy Lynch
Hua Hin, Thailand, 17 July 2019
Roger is first class to organise my requirements and is available to me 24/7 if I run into a problem which is very comforting and reassuring.
Sent in by James Perry
County Dublin, 17 July 2019
Roger is extremely professional and any travel plans or short term adjustments to my travel plans are quickly and efficiently arranged to the highest level
Sent in by P Connell
County Galway, 17 July 2019
Extremely efficient, very knowledgeable and listened to what we wanted.
Sent in by David Best
County Tyrone, 17 July 2019
Roger has been brilliant so far great knowledge of the places we are planning to travel to. Very much looking forward to continue to work with him as we plan the rest of our trip.
Sent in by Darren Warnock
County Tyrone, 17 July 2019
If I could score an eleven on this question I completely would. He must have many hundreds of repeat customers and never forgets the airlines I like to fly with and the ones I want to avoid. There is no doubt that all my future flights and holidays will be put into the charge of Roger’s experienced hands. He always makes sure that my digital boarding passes are sent for me to collect via the Travel Counsellors App. All-in-all, a flawless service provided by one of the most experienced travellers imaginable!
Sent in by Jonathan Styles
County Fermanagh, 17 July 2019
It’s a pleasure to deal with a professional such as Roger. He is an excellent ambassador for Travel Counsellors and is simply the best Travel Counsellor on the planet - I would strongly recommend him to anyone!
Sent in by Ros Manley
Isle of Man, 28 November 2018
Roger, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with booking and organising our trip! Your service was outstanding and we had the easiest and most stress-free trip we’ve had for a long time!
Sent in by D B
Dublin, 24 April 2018
Excellent work Roger, thanks. Service which went well beyond expert and efficient, through care and comfort to diplomatic and delight! Despite what must have seemed a frustratingly inattentive, haphazard client, you achieved the result - Great holiday in South Africa!
Sent in by Jason Glasgow
County Tyrone, 10 January 2018
A fabulous Christmas was had by the Glasgow's. A big thanks to Roger for all his help in planning this amazing holiday to Disney World Florida. His continued attention during our trip, from pre-booking plane seats and taking care of online check in on Christmas Day and again during our return flights. We had an amazing 2 weeks and would highly recommend Roger if you are thinking of booking your holiday.
Sent in by Barry Dempsey (Chief Executive - Chartered Accountants Ireland)
Dublin, 18 August 2017
Informed, practical and professional advice and service given in a friendly and cost-conscious manner.
Sent in by Francois Pienaar
Cape Town, South Africa, 16 August 2017
Thanks for all the arrangements Roger, had a great trip - Francois (1995 Rugby World Cup winning captain)
Sent in by Pat Bownes
Cookstown, 07 April 2017
Pleasant, helpful, thorough and efficent.
Sent in by Muriel Hughes
Rolestown, County Dublin, 22 March 2016
The service provided by Roger is excellent. He goes to incredible lengths to find the best possible travel arrangements for his clients. I will continue to use Travel Counsellors for my future travel arrangements and have no hesitation in recommending Roger to my business contacts and friends.
Sent in by Louis Fitzgerald
Blackrock, County Dublin, 09 March 2016
I have used Roger's services over many years and always found him to be very well informed and attentive. I have recommended him to family and friends who also speak highly of his service.
Sent in by Treasa Kelly
Castlemartyr, County Cork, 16 February 2016
Roger is the most efficient, effective and committed travel agent I know. The service he provides is exceptional. Friends ask me why I'd use a travel agent when I could book online myself. I have tried several times to book online but I have never found any 'deal' close to what Roger finds for me. Roger is always available to help or answer one of my many queries. Travelling with Roger is effortless - I recommend him to everyone.
Sent in by Vanessa Bergin
Kilcock, Co. Kildare, 01 December 2015
Roger, thank you so much for all your help with a fabulous trip to Bali & Kuala Lumpar. This was a trip of a lifetime and with your impeccable assistance & service the trip went without a hitch. I have no hesitation in recommending you to friends & family.
Sent in by David Hughes
California, 12 October 2015
My wife and I are new customers of Rogers and we were really impressed by the personal effort he and his staff made to make us feel special and looked after. He arranged the most incredible and memorable honeymoon for us and was immediately there, on-hand when we encountered a couple of small problems along the way. We really valued him looking after everything and it really took all the stress off and allowed us to concentrate purely on our vacation. We will definitely be requesting his services in the future for all our travel and accommodation arrangements.
Sent in by Sara Moorhead
Dublin, 09 October 2015
I and many of my friends and colleagues have entrusted our travel arrangements to Roger (both business and pleasure) over a number of years. I cannot recommend him highly enough. His level of service and attention to detail go far beyond anything I have ever experienced with any other travel agent. Nothing is ever too much trouble.
Sent in by Vanessa Bergin
Kilcock, Kildare, 06 August 2015
Paul and I had the most amazing time on our trip! Bali is such a beautiful place and very definitely captured our hearts. The only shame about it all is that it had to come to an end. Thanks again for all your help organising the trip. It was a great peace of mind that everything was in place.
Sent in by Glenn Kilroy
Blackrock, Dublin, 04 August 2015
We had a totally marvellous holiday. Our best ever, alongside Australia which you also organised so well for us. All the accommodations were perfect for us; the car was superb. All went smoothly with no problems at all. Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job for us again Roger.
Sent in by Ivan Nolan
Dublin, 07 May 2015
Nothing but good things to say about Roger! He gets that price, although important, is not the entire picture. Routing, flexibility, seating, timing etc. all play into a booking and he has all angles covered. That's why I keep coming back.
Sent in by Paulyn Marrinan Quinn
County Dublin, 01 May 2015
The service received was in the 'five star plus' category. Personal and personable service that 'listened' and understood the customer's requirements, preferences and priorities. In that respect the service from Roger at Travel Counsellors was unique. Thank you
Sent in by Teresa OSullivan
Dublin, 01 May 2015
Just a brief thank you for organising my trip to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. All the arrangements and transfers worked like clockwork. Checking in at Sydney Airport to travel home the check-in staff at the desk informed me I was already checked in. I said my booking agent must have done it, to which she observed, "You have a very good agent". How true!
Sent in by Norman Kilroy
Dublin, 19 February 2015
I have already been recommending Roger to friends, family and colleagues, and will continue to do so. Roger has organised quite a number of major trips, all of which have been meticulously planned and have been hugely successful. I find that in organising this particular trip for my wife and I, he has taken into account our own particular foibles and planned around these to ensure our complete satisfaction.
Sent in by Paddy Hinksman
Dublin, 19 February 2015
We get such good advice from Roger we would not dream of using any other agent. He has sent us to some of the best holidays we ever had and has also saved us a stack of money.
Sent in by Gillian O'Connor
Co. Dublin, 12 January 2015
Roger has been a real ‘find’ as a travel agent. I have been booking with him personally for the past 5 years and have found him to be professional , facilitating and efficient. Frankly, I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Sent in by Brian Keegan
Co. Dublin, 12 January 2015
Roger, Now that I'm back at base, just a short note to thank you for your advice and assistance on the arrangements…I'll give you a shout when I'm travelling far foreign again.
Sent in by Dusty Rhodes
Dublin, 07 October 2014
If it were all about money then Roger would win my personal Agent of the Year hands down. However it's not all about money. Service, efficiency, friendly personality, superb knowledge and easy to work with, all come into play too. I'm glad to say on all those fronts Roger also wins my Agent of the Year. I can give no better recommendation that to say we don't deal with anyone else and that's based on 10 years experience. Dusty Rhodes Global Irish Acts
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