This page shares information about my Camino experiences, planning, and resources for other pilgrims wondering if the Camino journey is for them. I’m into planning for my next Camino, the Caminho Portugues in September 2017.
My Camino Francès experience (2014)
In September 2014, I walked 330 km from Leon to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Francès.
My Camino de Santiago packing list: what worked, what didn’t (2014 edition)
Keeping your critical gear dry (Jim Wood’s Base Camp)
Camino planning resources
I check in with two sets of Camino forums on a fairly regular basis. There’s quite a community to be found there, and lots of advice. LOTS.
- El Camino Pilgrim and Walking Forum: http://www.caminoforums.com/
- Camino de Santiago Forum: http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/
For women travelers, the Camigas Facebook networking group may be for you. I’ve found it a friendly and welcoming community where women can ask and answer questions, and express their concerns and fears. It’s a closed group, but requests for membership are turned around pretty quickly.
There seems to be as many Camino blogs as there are travel blogs (hey!). A good source for lots of beautiful pictures and great stories, both good times and bad.
- Camino de Santiago Adventures http://www.caminoadventures.com/
- Trepidatious Traveler: http://magwood.me/
My 2014 Camino Francès in Pictures
Day 0: Arriving in Leon
Day 9: Fonfria to Samos (20km)
Day 10: Samos to Barbadelo (22km)
Day 11: Barbadelo to Portomarin (19km)
Day 13: Palas de Rei to Boente (22km)
Day 14: Boente to O Pedrouzo (29km)
There are lots of ways to prepare for the Camino. Physically, you simply can’t be too prepared. It’s not “just walking,” it’s long days of walking in often challenging conditions. Endurance and stamina, with lots core strength will be what gets you through 30+ km days. Liking walking is a good start, but only part of the equation.
It’s helpful to look through a guidebook or check out a few other accounts of other people’s experiences, but don’t overload on them before you go. Two reasons. First, knowing too much about what to expect reduces the thrill of discovery along the way. Second, you’re going to walk your own Camino, and your experiences will be very unique to your situation, the (literal and figurative) path you take, and the people (good, bad, and indifferent) you meet along the way. Just let things happen – you’re going to be fine.
Nova Scotia hikes to prepare for the Camino
Camino wallpaper for your phone
Before departure, I had run out of things to plan, acquire or otherwise prepare, so to kill another minute of “planning time,” I made a phone wallpaper (for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy) that piles on to an overdone meme while providing a helpful reminder to just keep walking when I’m getting tired and questioning why I would walk across Spain anyway.
Your Camino de Santiago tips, questions, comments & more
The floor is open. I am happy to receive any tips, advice, dining suggestions, comments and more. Fire away in the comments or tweet me at @bitesizedtravel!