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  1. E

    Questions from first timer

    I plan to walk the Northern Way, Muxia and Finisterre. In YouTube videos, I see people having to walk through wet ground on the caminos maybe up to their ankles or lower shins. Is this common in Jun/July? Also, in similar videos I hear dangerous dog barks and also see walkers opening up fences...
  2. First Time? Which Camino?

    First Time? Which Camino?

    A handy website for planning purposes. What others would you recommend?
  3. Zman

    Preparing to Walk the Camino - Top Ten Tips

    I walked the CF in the spring of 2017, and learned a whole lot along the way. For those thinking about walking, here's my top ten tips to help you prepare for your Sojourn. If you have others, please feel free to add them to the comments line below or on my Blog. Buen Camino...
  4. JohnLloyd

    When was your first Camino?

    After seeing photographs from @David Tallan from a 1989 Camino, I'm wondering how far back the communal history of the Camino stretches on this forum. For those who walked before Coelho, MacLaine, Sheen and Kerkeling brought the Camino into a wider public consciousness, when did you first walk...
  5. IvanGrozni

    Reflections of a first-timer on the Camino Frances in 2020

    In the summer of 2020, I did my Camino, during the Corona pandemic. I very impulsively decided to go to the Camino. One evening I went out for a walk and during the walk, I decided to go, out of the blue. It was quite impulsive because lots of people who go to the Camino plan it for a very long...
  6. VintageElsa1967

    Discouraged in Florida

    I have been wanting to do the Frances Way. I have been walking and trying get myself used to walking long distances. I am mostly able to do about 8 miles in a day. It is boring and uneventful to just walk here. I have tried walking the beaches and it is better. Still I feel like maybe I should...
  7. F

    Totally Clueless Beginner

    Hi sorry in advance for the inevitably annoying noob thread :p but I'm in a bit of a panic/rush I have been suffering from an illness (no not that one) it was a mental one and I am mostly better now and on a whim I have decided to walk the camino as someone who inspired me said it changed their...
  8. Gibbo147

    What to pack for my First Camino?

    Hey everyone. This has been asked a million times I am sure, and I have spent weeks researching these and other threads and sites to come up with my list. I am doing a few training walks now, but have yet to buy the pack so its going to be an interesting one. I plan on shopping up a storm...
  9. frankieolson

    First Timer

    Hello all! Looking forward for my first Camino this April.. I'm sure I'll have many questions, but first I would love to know any advice for beginning my trip. I am thinking I will start at SJPdP, but the more I have read the more I have found that it is quite difficult finding open beds during...
  10. Zunigandi

    Tips/ Joy for a newbie!

    Hi Folks! I’m headed out in a week to do most of the Camino Norte! So excited! Arriving in San Sebastián on July 22. I’m doing 23 days with partial transit in between since I can’t do all 35. I’m SUPER excited. I haven’t met anyone who has done el Norte, haven’t found as many resources as...
  11. VendulaF

    Vía de la Plata as a first camino

    Hello! I am planning to take Vía de la Plata this mid August. I will not walk the entire VdlP, I am planning to walk only from Zamora to Santiago. It is my very first camino and I am planning to go solo. I have chosen this way, due to I want to follow beautiful and calm path (not too crowded)...
  12. R

    LIVE from the Camino Here goes...

    Hi, So I'm sitting here in SJPDP, contemplating my beer, and figured I would try and share my story as I attempt the Camino Frances. My name is Ryan and I'm 32 y/o. I'm likely underprepared, and I've definitely over packed :). (Thankfully, there are baggage transfer services) I've spent the...
  13. A

    Scared to walk alone

    I am going a bit back an forth on this one - I really do like having the freedom do walk the distance I want, but I'm also finding myself scared of walking alone now, especially as I'm starting on la meseta. Which is strange, given I have travelled around India and Nepal on my own for a year...
  14. R

    My first time - ALONE

    Hey all! So I am planning my trip to walk the entire Camino Frances at the end of May 2019. I graduate from college and am looking for the "break" between undergrad and law school. I am traveling from Toronto, ON at 4:45pm and flying overnight to Toulouse, FRA, arriving at 9:05am. From there I...
  15. DevereUx

    What I learned on the Camino

    Having just finished the Camino Frances, here's some of what I learned: It's all about shoes! The shoes will make or break a Camino! Test, test and test some more. I chose trail runners, after test walking in 11 different types of shoes (Amazon is very forgiving, but don't abuse them). I found...
  16. R

    Camino del Norte or camino Frances?

    Hey everyone, I will be 19 years old next year and I'm planning on walking the Camino somewhere next year. Preferably in the spring.. I am a woman and will be walking the Camino on my own. I'd really like some advice, because I'm kind of at a lost.😅 I've been reading up on the different...
  17. Drew1578

    Bitten by the (idea of walking the) Camino bug - 5/6/7 days. Need some advice.

    First off howdy - I'm new to the forum - found it by chance the other day while researching the Camino. From what I've seen so far this seems like a great community with a huge wealth of knowledge. I've wanted to walk the Camino for years, but never thought I would get a chance (the Frances...
  18. Opa Theo

    First Camino help please: should we depend on Albergues or book nightly arrangements with a company?

    My wife and I are 70years old planning to walk from Sarria to Santiago at the end of September 2018. Should we hope to find Albergues each night or should we book with a company to arrange nightly stays? We've looked into arrangements with Garry at Spanish Adventures and Shanda at Follow the...
  19. DsixDsix

    Reflections and Lessons learnt

    I sit writing this back at my desk in Canada, its been a week since my return from the first 166 km of the CF. (We went in Late June 2018)Yet the thought of it still lingers in my mind, a longing for the freedom and friendship that it brought me. I wanted to write this to reflect and to help any...
  20. JJinWI

    Tips & Tricks I Learned from the Camino

    I finished my first Camino (the French Way) a couple a weeks ago… Wow! How time flies. I thought it might be good idea to download some "Tips & Tricks" I learned from my experiences. Hopefully, this might be helpful for others. (Note: I tried to lists things that might not be so obvious and a...