Hi, my name is Janie Cadena from San Antonio, Texas. My family was one of the early German settlers arriving in Texas in the 1840’s. Although I currently live in the family homestead in the house that dates back to the 1860’s, I have lived in 6 different countries and have traveled to 55 countries. I am a widow and have two grown daughters and 4 grandchildren.
I have been in the travel industry for over 30 years as an agent, manager, VP of groups and instructor.
After 9/11 I found it necessary to change my direction and I became a local tour guide. This expanded further afield from San Antonio. With my experience leading groups I began working as a tour manager also.
This job combines many of my passions: I love people, travel, history and sharing my knowledge with others. A couple of my favorite places to go as a tour manager were an Alaskan cruise and the Grand Canyon. The Alaskan cruise is a fairly easy job as a manager, but the scenery is something that always garners “Awwwws”. The Grand Canyon is a place like no other and it is almost in our back yard. If you haven’t been you need to put it on your bucket list. Another place that I love to take people, although I haven’t experienced it as a tour manager, is Costa Rica. It seems there is an adventure around every corner. That is what I love about this job – there is an experience around every corner and problems to solve! It all keeps the old gray matter moving.
In all my years of travel (and I started traveling before I got into the travel industry because of my husband’s job) I have found that I always carry my passport, as a matter of fact I file it in my backpack because I never leave home without it. I pack a nice wrap which can be used in the evening for dinner to dress up an outfit or as a blanket on a cold bus or plane. I have an umbrella and a fold up bag in case I extra space. These things stay packed. I also keep my travel accessories bag always ready to go. I have clothes that normally go with me because they are easy to mix and match and they travel well. Always keep with one basic color scheme and plan on wearing each item twice. Use scarves as accessories instead of jewelry as they are lighter in weight. I, also, used to give packing demonstrations to groups.