Meet Travel Advisor Norma Roessler
I’m a recovering attorney, a writer, and a lifelong learner with the heart of a wanderer. Growing up, literature sparked my imagination; adventures like climbing a pre-Columbian pyramid at Chichén Itzá with my grandmother lit a fire in me to explore the world. I love collaborating with the curious traveler to plan and create immersive, transformative, stress-free journeys.
Whether you’re an intrepid empty-nester seeking an active adventure, a multi-generational family celebrating a significant milestone, or a group of friends yearning for authentic cultural experiences, I’m passionate about tailoring a trip you’ll treasure for a lifetime. With my years of travel experience, backed by the carefully-vetted resources of Departure Lounge and the Virtuoso network, I’m able to add expertise, value, and exclusive VIP benefits.
You can read Rudyard Kipling, but when you sip a cocktail in the Writers’ Bar at Raffles in Singapore, you enter a world both untamed and elegant, where tigers once sauntered and writers scribbled in half-lit booths. You can study Shakespeare, but when you trace the worn sheep paths of Stratford-upon-Avon, you understand a little better what it’s like to live in the Bard’s skin.
Travel doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. I like to think of each client’s journey as a unique story – from inspiration to smallest detail, I’m here to help you write yours.
- North America
- South Africa
- Costa Rica
- Groups – Girlfriends, Couples, Multi-generational
- Culture, Art, & Architecture
- River & Small Ship Cruises
- Spa & Wellness
- Honeymoons and Celebrations
- Small Luxury Hotels
- Canyon Ranch
- Paul Gauguin
- American Queen Steamboat
- Hotel Royal Livingstone (Zambia)
- Cape Grace Hotel and Spa
- Simbambili Game Lodge Sabi Sands
- Conrad Bora Bora Nui
- Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
- Canyon Ranch Tucson
- The Goring (London)
- The Dewberry (Charleston)
- The Cloister at Sea Island
A multi-faceted adventure to South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Hosted by locals, we explored the Cape, visiting wineries and historic towns where African penguins frolicked in the surf. We hopped a small bush plane to the Sabi Sands private game reserve, where we enjoyed locally-sourced cuisine and twice-a-day game drives. We flew to Zambia and stayed at the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River, where wild zebra and giraffes grazed on the lawn against the backdrop of an ethereal mist rising from Victoria Falls.
Other memorable trips include exploring the byways and hidden nooks of England for a month in an old VW bus; a customized mother/daughter adventure with local guides in Costa Rica; and a multi-generational Paris-to-Normandy Thanksgiving river cruise celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday.
Fun Fact: I’ve completed a one-day rim-to-rim Grand Canyon hike six times.
Travel Insight: My family bonded when we took time to slip away from the everyday. My daughters’ favorite memories are of some shared adventure or a lingering conversation on a remote beach. In travel, we experienced broadening of mind and clarity of heart.