Blister Prevention for the Camino de Santiago

blister stages

Table of Contents1 Take These 10 Blister Tips on Your Camino1.1 WRAPPING UP1.2 BIO What’s the most common injury experienced on the Camino de Santiago? Without 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…

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The Spiritual Aspects of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

La Faba

The Camino Spirit 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. My wife, Janet, and I walked the Camino Frances in the Spring of…

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Did You Lose Weight on the Camino?

leslie in albergue

I lost about 8kgs, about 18 lbs, over a four week period. So yes I did lose a lot of weight on the Camino. However losing weight was never one of my intentions for walking. I did not set out on the Camino to lose weight and I must admit that it never entered into my…

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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…

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Bed Bugs on the Camino de Santiago

meseta route on the Camino

Table of Contents1 Bedbug Facts2 Before You Go3 How to Spot a Bedbug4 On the Camino5 If You Find a Bite6 Debugging on the Road7 Bottom Line The Camino to Santiago might be a spiritual journey, but it’s not exempt from common earthly troubles like bed bugs. Who would have thought that such little creatures could…

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Best Starting Points for One Week on the Camino de Santiago

Table of Contents1 Camino Frances from Sarria2 Camino Portugues from Tui3 Camino Primitivo from Lugo4 Via de la Plata from Ourense5 Is There More? The Pilgrimage to Santiago is a one of a kind experience. While many would love to walk the entire way, it is not always easy to get away from our day-to-day…

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How Much Does the Camino de Santiago Cost?

Le Puy Camino

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.  For most of in Europe it is fairly quick and easy to get to and from any of the routes – not so from North America, (see travel page here),…

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Camino: Should You Travel Solo or in a Group?

Leslie Anna 13km from Santiago

Table of Contents1 Traveling with a Partner or in a Group1.1 The Up-Sides1.2 What to Watch Out For?1.3 Should You Consider Agency?2 Traveling Solo2.1 The Up-Sides2.2 What to Watch Out For?3 Bottom Line When planning a pilgrimage, travelers, besides deciding what route to take and what to pack, are often faced with a choice of…

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What About Medical Help & Health Care?

Table of Contents1 Common Medical Issues2 Dealing With Blisters2.1 Tendonitis or Shin Splints2.2 Sore or Very Hot Feet2.3 Bed Bugs and Allergies2.4 Taking Your Own Medications2.5 My Experience of Health Care in Spain Concerns about health care and medical help while on the Camino is one of my most common asked questions.  You can read…

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Making Time for the Camino de Santiago

Iona Scotland

If all goes well, and God wills it, at the end of March I will begin to walk the Camino de Santiago. It’s about time. I have been thinking, dreaming, and planning for this for nearly 20 years. I first read about the pilgrimage to Santiago Compostela in a 14th century biography, The Book of…

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