Hiker with a Fjallraven backpack

Fjallraven vs Canada Goose Jackets & Parkas

Fjällräven and Canada Goose. Both of these brands design and manufacture premium-quality jackets, and sell them at not-so-affordable prices.

First aid kit

What About Medical Help & Health Care?

For all those that reside within the twenty-eight countries of the EU taking the E111 card is a must, the card is also known as the European Health Card.  The card is issued from your own country of residence and entitles the holder to free emergency treatment.  If you are from outside of the EU I strongly suggest you have some travel insurance, often your healthcare provider can provide this at a lower cost than elsewhere.

Meseta Camino

The Meseta on the Camino de Santiago Spain

‘Many people avoid the Meseta, catching the bus from Burgos to Leon’, I heard on my first day on the Camino de Santiago. I was shocked. I thought most people were keen to walk the full route, either in stages or as a single pilgrimage. Whilst setting out to walk and enjoy the whole 800km, the Meseta was the section I was looking forward to with anticipation. I became curious as to what my experience would be.

Best backpack for the Camino de Santiago

Best Backpack for the Camino de Santiago

In this guide, I’ll explain what makes a good pilgrim’s pack and review the best backpacks for the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

Santiago

Newbie Mistakes & Advice for the Camino de Santiago

To be honest, I wanted to get your attention with the title of this blog post. I guess it worked if you are reading this now 🙂

Great. Now that we are here I would like to clear something up which is of high importance to me.

The word “mistake” in the blog title is not really right. I rather try to see things as experiences and experiments instead of mistakes. This gives more space and helps us to go out and try more things because we are not so afraid of failure.

Cross at Finisterre

Lessons Learned on the Camino de Santiago

Toward the end of my post a couple of weeks back on how the Camino changed my life, I got thinking about the lessons I learned while walking the Camino Frances.  The following are some thoughts on lessons I think I started to learn there.

Des O'Dowd Camino

Celebrate Your Retirement and Walk The Camino!

I retired on the 1st of September 2008 and I wanted to celebrate my new life and new freedom. The Camino de Santiago was the challenge and adventure I needed. So in late September, like children going on a school tour, myself and my fellow retiree Pat McEvoy arrived in Dublin Airport with our rucksacks packed. We flew to Biarritz and two hours later were in the beautiful village of St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. Our adventure had begun.

hiking in the countryside

Best Collapsible Water Bottles to Save Space in Your Backpack

While out hiking staying hydrated is vital to keeping up your energy levels, (and staying healthy). The Best Collapsible Water Bottles will help, while having enough space for lots of water it is also light.

Camino route

Questions to Ask Yourself While Walking the Camino de Santiago

It’s easy to find out how to start off on the trek along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are lots of inspiring pictures showing happy pilgrims making those final steps toward the Cathedral’s double stairway at the end of their pilgrimage. What happens between those two milestones?  I’d like to tell you how to handle that intermediary period, the days when you are working toward your physical, mental, and spiritual goals.

Cost of walking the Camino

How much does it Cost to Walk Camino de Santiago?

The main costs for any of the Camino de Santiago routes are your daily budget on the Camino and getting to and from your start and finish points.

Canada Goose jackets

Canada Goose vs Nobis Jackets, Which Brand is Better?

In this article, we’ll be comparing two trending, luxurious brands – Canada Goose vs Nobis. The apparel designed and sold by these brands is all but cheap, but the quality of Nobis and Canada Goose jackets definitely justifies their price.

Fiesta

Blister Prevention for the Camino de Santiago

What’s the most common injury experienced on the Camino de Santiago? Without a doubt, foot blisters!

They’re painful.
They’re frustrating.
They take precious time, effort and skill to look after.
They make you walk differently and that can stir up other aches and pains.
They can get infected, and wind you up in the hospital!

Blisters have the potential to spoil your Camino experience!

hiking bottle

Fifty/Fifty vs Hydro Flask Water Bottles Review

Fifty/Fifty vs Hydro Flask: two of the biggest players in hiking water bottles. They make expertly-insulated products that are capable of keeping your liquids both cold and hot.

sunrise on the camino de santiago

A Typical Day on the Camino

My typical day on the Camino de Santiago started about 6am. I was a mature student before hiking the on the Camino de Santiago for the first time; at that time I would have been doing well if I was awake before 9am, (I had got into student life and loved it). So six in the morning was initially shocking, however, I easily got used to the early morning.

Salomon vs Oboz

Salomon vs Oboz: Which Brand Is Better?

If your search for ideal trekking footwear has boiled down to boots and shoes made by Salomon vs Oboz, this comparison will be of great help.

Keen vs Oboz

Keen vs Oboz: Hiking Shoe Comparison

If you can’t decide which brand to go for, this detailed Keen vs Oboz hiking shoe comparison will undoubtedly help you make the right choice.

backpack with detachable daypack

Best Backpack With Detachable Daypack

Backpacks with detachable daypacks come with integrated daypacks which can be detached by using a special mechanism. They’re an ideal solution for situations that don’t require the use of full backpacks, i.e. when you only want to carry a couple of essential items, which is also useful on a long hike when you are getting your bags transported each day.

Camino Frances Route outside Pamplona

The Spiritual Aspects of the Camino de Santiago

This is a transcript of a talk I was asked to give at an information session on walking the Camino, presented in September 2016 and sponsored by the Albuquerque, New Mexico Chapter of The American Friends of the Camino.

Porto

Two Weeks on the Camino de Santiago

A quick trip is not something you can expect from Camino de Santiago. With routes going up to several hundred kilometers, a pilgrimage typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks on foot.

If you don’t have the luxury to travel for extended periods, or if you’re unable (or don’t want) to walk long distances, you can still do the Camino.

Hiking Alternatives to the Camino de Santiago

12 Hiking Alternatives to the Camino de Santiago

The pandemic canceled many hikers’ plans to walking Camino, but you can still enjoy a new adventure walking one of the alternatives to the Camino de Santiago.

Pilgrims on the Way of St James

How Fit do You have to be to Walk the Camino?

I think I am a terrible example of getting fit before walking the Camino de Santiago.  I walked only once for about 3 hours, with a rucksack, to see how I would be walking before going to Spain.  I did have some hill walking experience, though not a lot.  I would have walked in the Wicklow hills about twice per month in the two years previous to my first Camino, that was it in total.

Canada Goose winter jackets

Canada Goose vs Moncler

Are you an outdoor enthusiast who knows a thing or two about quality jackets? If that’s the case, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of either Canada Goose or Moncler, or maybe even both of them.

best hiking shoes

Best Hiking Shoes

Finding the best hiking shoes within your budget can sometimes take quite a while. However, I have hiked 1,000’s of miles and can almost tell …

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Camino with children

Walking the Camino de Santiago with Children

Walking the Camino is without a doubt an extraordinary experience – but what about walking the Camino de Santiago with children?

An escape, an adventure in time where too many things are planned out and controlled. But it’s not always easy to get away, especially if you are taking care of more than yourself. Perhaps you have been dreaming about this.

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