8 Replies to “Can I bring my ipad on my Camino de Santiago?”

  1. Would not be without my iPad. Walked the Camino last October. There were quite a few reading, writing, emailing etc on iPads. Mine is wifi only, but found it was great, always resteraunts with wi-fi (pronounced wifee in Spain )

  2.  If you prefer to be a tourist pilgrim then by all means bring it along but if you want to experience the spiritual path of minimalism then leave it behind. There are many internet facilities along the way. I ran a blog using the refuge internet. If you have to send the IPad home you will pay import taxes. I assure you your Wifi will not work in enough places to justify carting it along!

  3. I brought mine the first time, but it was just dead weight. i could do everything on my iphone. silly of me to being both. iphone was plenty

    Also, that ‘tourist’ thing is a little tiring after a while. especially when there is a queue of 5 people waiting for the expensive internet computers. so handy just logging onto the free weefee and accepting the fact that we live in a different age now.

  4. I walked the Camino in July and August of 2012 for spiritual reasons but found my iPad very valuable in making sure the kids (4) were well and shared pictures along the way via Facebook. On my return I was overwhelmed by the connection those pictures generated between my experience and family/friends.

    I am reasonably fit and the weight wasn’t much of an issue – my pack fluctuated between 12-14 kg during the 800k. The biggest issue was making sure the data plan didn’t kill me. WIFI (pronounced wee fee there) is pretty available as long as you are a customer to the many bars and cafes. Bad form to ask for the password (almost all are password protected by the proprietors) without doing some business in my opinion.

  5. I brought mine on the camino on oktober. I bought an PrePaid SimCard which was hard to find. But after that; everywhere i got excellent Connection on 3G. Even at Cruz de Fierro. In most of the albuerges/bodegas i got free wifi.

  6. I think it’s more about the mentality of how one uses it. If you’re going to have to stay in an albergue with WIFI every night and have to use it every day, then yes, you’re certainly missing the point. But it’s a tool like any other tool, and if you use it so that it enhances the experience — sharing photographs with friends, as a journal — then I don’t think it’s fair to just dismiss tablets out of hand.

    I felt like mine was a nice addition when I brought it. When I had a quiet moment for journaling I would type while uploading my photos (so I didn’t need a large SD card for the camera either), and be able to share with friends and family. If the albergue didn’t have WIFI then I would wait until I came across one that did to upload – sometimes that meant going over a week, but that wasn’t the point of the albergue experience so it was fine.

    I think like anything else, it’s how you use it and your intentions behind it. If you can’t bring something like that without needing to use it daily, then it’s probably better to leave it behind. Same goes to smart phones – I saw many people playing games and surfing the net on their smart phones. And the same people that always had their phones on would tell me I wasn’t a true peregrino for journaling and uploading photos on an iPad.

  7. unplug if you can. it’s tough at first. there are enough places to stop and send a short message home. I found after a few days it actually felt odd to take time to sit in front of the computer. your computer, ipad, phone etc. will be there when you return. it’s difficult to explain how you begin to release what you currently hold so close – even convenience.

  8. Arrived in Santiago today. Next time we will skip iPad…just too much weight. Pound and a half, plus weight of protective case. Then it’s a source of worry in albergues. Just my opinion.

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