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Walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

The question was: Me and my mother are going to walk Sarria -Santiago, we have 10 days and three are travelingdays. I saw that the best option probably is to take the bus from Santiago to Sarria and walk the way back. But we feel that it would be like opening the biggest christmas present…

Camino de Invierno Summer 2018: observations!

One pilgrim shares his experiences walking summer 2018: Summary: I walked the Invierno this year (summer 2018) between July 19 and July 27. That makes 9 stages which is perfect for me! But as Laurie’s Invierno guide suggests, there are several ways to change this if you want to make more or fewer stages. I stayed…

Twelve Camino Rules for Life

The post was: As we all know, the Camino is a metaphor for life. Walking the Camino Frances in September, I came up with the following twelve Camino rules that can also be applied to real life. Would anyone care to add, modify, or subtract? (I realize they’re somewhat serious, so some humorous rules would…

Easter start: Bookings necessary?

The question was: Months of deliberation and working around constraints have finally led to me booking my flights to walk the Primitivo next April. My first walking day out of Oviedo will be Easter Sunday, the 21st. I had the impression that the Caminos are main cities within are busy in the week leading to…

Soap for body and clothes on the Camino

The question was: Does anyone have a recommendation on a soap that will work for body/hair/clothes? I’m guessing that any soap will “work” but I’m looking for what works “best” and is easy to carry. What do pilgrims use? Read the full conversation on Soap for body and clothes on the Camino here on the…

Donativo – How much is enough/too much?

The post was: Over the years I had many conversations, both as a hospitalera and as a pilgrim about this question: How much should be my donativo? The easy answer is: As much as you can afford! But things are a bit more layered, so please allow me to digress 😉 Donativo albergues rely on…

Camino equipment that worked for me

The question was: A year ago I made the decision to walk the full Camino Francés, and largely because of this forum I made some good decisions which allowed me to complete the walk this autumn with no injuries, blisters or pain. Needless to say, the journey was an experience of a lifetime because it…

Looking for new footwear for the Camino

The question was:  Previously a boot wearer., but have read lots of favourable info on the forum regarding Hoka one ones and also Altra lone peak trail shoes ., I intend to include a mission to REI when I visit USA in a couple of weeks. They both ‘sound’ comfortable., but I realise the bottom…

Has anyone ever walked principally at night?

This question came up on the forum a few days ago.  Folks… I have a serious night-owl in my life, but that night-owl likes to hike. A lot. There’s no possible way to be certain that a traditional “up between 5-6am” approach to a camino would succeed with this person, and could actually bring all…

Travel Insurance Recommendations?

This was asked on the forum the other day.  In just over a month I’m going to be booking plane tickets for my upcoming Camino, and I’ve heard that one should purchase travel insurance at the same time. I’m planning to, but I have no idea where to buy the insurance from or even where…