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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Best Walking Boots for the Camino de Santiago

Table of Contents1 Keeping your feet Dry2 Get Your Boots Fitted Properly2.1 Get Good Socks3 Types of Walking Boots3.1 Design of Your Boots3.2 How do Upper Materials Differ?3.3 Waterproofing & Breathability It’s important to have the right footwear for your level of hiking, more so if you are going on a walking holiday or a…

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What Camera Should You Take on the Camino?

camera for the camino de santiago

Table of Contents1 Smartphone Camera2 Compact Camera3 DSLR Camera3.1 Bottom Line The pilgrimage to Santiago is an adventure rich in breathtaking views and unforgettable moments. Still, some travelers prefer to completely unplug from the noise of civilization and leave all the tech gadgets behind. Others, like me, can’t resist documenting whenever possible. Whether or not you…

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How to Choose a Sleeping Bag or Liner for the Camino de Santiago

Table of Contents1 My Experience2 Shape of Sleeping Bag2.1 Bag Length2.2 Synthetic or Down Sleeping Bag?3 Temperature Rating4 Liner Instead of a Sleeping Bag5 Bedbug and Sleeping Bags and Liners5.1 Which Sleeping Bag Would I Choose? There is much debate whether you need a sleeping bag or a liner during the summer on the Camino…

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Best Rucksack for the Camino de Santiago

After choosing the best walking boots for your feet, a rucksack is the second most important piece of equipment you need for walking any of the Camino routes.  Bear in mind this humble backpack is going to hold all your belonging for a month, sometime more. Rucksacks come in many different shapes and sizes. Each…

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Best Waterproofs for the Camino de Santiago

Waterproofs

Table of Contents1 Prevent Water from Entering the Jacket2 Allow Moisture to Exit the Jacket2.1 What to Look Out For:2.2 Look After Your Investment The Basic Principles of Layering This is the third post in my series about walking gear for the Camino, the first was on choosing boots or walking shoes, the second on…

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