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tomishy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2019
#1
Hi
my sister and i will be walking with a 5yr old and a 15yr old and just wondering if we would be welcome in albergues (dormitory ones etc) . also we are looking at sleeping bags but wondering aboit a silk liner inside a thermal liner to save the bulkiness of sleeping bags. we will be end April 2019 through to early june.
TIA. buen camino
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
yes
#2
with a 5yr old and a 15yr old and just wondering if we would be welcome in albergues
Yes. Your five-year-old may or may not fit in well. I did the last 100 km with my 4 1/2 year old grandson (and his father) and we found private rooms a bit more amenable both for the child and for fellow pilgrims. You are versed in the golden rule, so apply it and your decisions will be well-founded. :)
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Future (God-willing): Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo (2018)
#4
I have stayed almost exclusively in albergues with my children and can honestly say the worst behaviour I have ever seen was from people decades older than them!
My kids quite liked staying at albergues because fellow pilgrims would gush over them doing their own laundry or cooking dinner - who doesn’t like that kind of encouragement? (especially when their mother just expected them to get on with it!)
Know your child and if he/she will not be a nuisance, then don’t be scared of trying albergues.
 

tomishy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
April/May 2019
#5
I have stayed almost exclusively in albergues with my children and can honestly say the worst behaviour I have ever seen was from people decades older than them!
My kids quite liked staying at albergues because fellow pilgrims would gush over them doing their own laundry or cooking dinner - who doesn’t like that kind of encouragement? (especially when their mother just expected them to get on with it!)
Know your child and if he/she will not be a nuisance, then don’t be scared of trying albergues.
Thank you! our children are extremely well behaved and have travelled extensively. we are on a tight budget hence the albergues so will try them and see how we go. thankyou for your encouragement!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis " 2018"
#6
Yes. Your five-year-old may or may not fit in well. I did the last 100 km with my 4 1/2 year old grandson (and his father) and we found private rooms a bit more amenable both for the child and for fellow pilgrims. You are versed in the golden rule, so apply it and your decisions will be well-founded. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis " 2018"
#8
Thank you! our children are extremely well behaved and have travelled extensively. we are on a tight budget hence the albergues so will try them and see how we go. thankyou for your encouragement!

I am traveling with an 11year old . I hope that she gets to met up with young people her age
Any views on welcome
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#11
If you stay in albergues you'll pay an average of 10 euros per person, that is 40 euro a night.

A private room may be less expensive because you are paying for the room and not the bed.

Maybe mix it up: albergues, private rooms, etc.

Buen camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017
#12
I traveled with a 13 year old. The albergues were great for us. There were two German boys ages 7 and 10 in one of the albergues we stayed at. They were delightful.

I have no idea why anyone would tell you that other pilgrims would not welcome children. We never had problems and neither did any family I have spoken with.

You may want a private room is your little one needs some extra rest... but after walking a day, I'm sure he'll seep well.
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#13
We met an Alaskan family, the girl was 8 I think, and the boy 12. They were such a delight. (they were interviewed in the final episode of the BBC pilgrim series.)
I can understand why you wouldn't want really small kids (liable to crying) in an albergue but I would think older ones would be just fine. And the bonus is that kids are unlikely to snore.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Le Puy- St Jean Pied a Port (September 2018 )

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
#14
"We met an Alaskan family,"

Am curious to know if you remember who/where from, as I am an Alaskan (albeit living abroad) and am planning to walk from Le Puy in the Autumn. (Did the Camino Frances 10 years ago. Never met any other Alaskans)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés, Inglés, Fisterra/Muxia, Baztanés x2, Primitivo, Norte, Portugués & hopefully many more.
#15
Thanks for starting this thread, @tomishy and to all who shared their experience/opinions. I'm in the early stages of planning a short Camino with my 11-year old niece and have been thinking about the albergue-versus private room question. I imagine that we'll opt for a combination of both.

For the nights in our own room, I plan to opt for private albergues that have both dorms and rooms. I'd like her to have the albergue experience most days- cooking our own food, doing laundry, eating with other pilgrims etc. There are plenty of those albergues on the Camino Frances. Some also have dorms with as few as 4 beds, which could work perfectly for you.

Happy planning and Buen Camino!
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#16
"We met an Alaskan family,"

Am curious to know if you remember who/where from, as I am an Alaskan (albeit living abroad) and am planning to walk from Le Puy in the Autumn. (Did the Camino Frances 10 years ago. Never met any other Alaskans)
We met them first at Rabanal, he was called Big J, from the Red Dog bar in Juneau Alaska. They had started in Le Puys, and were nine months into a year long trip. The kids were lovely, really well spoken and polite.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances May 2018
#19
I have been walking off and on with a family bringing their 4 year old and 6 month old boys. They did have to stay in an open bunk room one night because there were no private rooms available, but usually took a private room. The mom told me there is a Facebook group for families on the Camino which gave her lots of good suggestions.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk Camino del Norte (possibly) in June/July 2018 with family of four.
#20
We start walking the Norte in 8 days with our 2 and 4 year old kids. We have opted for pre-booking all accommodation- mostly pensioners and hostales. For just a few more euros we could have a private bathroom and much more privacy. Our average night is around 65 euros. We have very small cots that will go in our luggage transfer so we have booked mostly all double rooms. We will see how it goes. Maybe we will opt for the albergues when we walk the second half next year.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk Camino del Norte (possibly) in June/July 2018 with family of four.
#22
We are definitely splurging on a couple nights and want to make sure this first go is a good one! The only way we could do it much cheaper is in hostels or albergues and the private bathroom is a must have for mom at this point! We will test out all types of rooms over the next couple months to see what makes the most sense for our family.
I have heard the frances can be a bit cheaper than the Norte
 

MikeyC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
#24
The Youth Hostel Association in the UK has clear rules about children in their hostels. Over 16 fine on their own in dorm rooms. 12 to 16 again ok in dorm rooms but must be with an adult. Under 12 must be in private rooms.
Spanish hostels appear not to have clear rules, at least none I could find but the YHA rules might serve as an indication of what is reasonable.
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Future (God-willing): Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo (2018)
#25
Under 12 must be in private rooms.
Spanish hostels appear not to have clear rules, at least none I could find but the YHA rules might serve as an indication of what is reasonable.
I would contend that it's about whether the kids know how to behave in a public space or not. But by my criteria, I there are adults I have met who I would not put in an albergue.
If consideration of others is key, age may not be so important.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from SJPP on 2015, 2016, 2018
Way of St. Francis, Italy April 2017
Portuguese (2018)
#26
I would think one should also expect that children may behave out of character as they are being asked to walk long distances on rough terrain, up and down hills in whatever weather presents itself. There were days my legs ached so badly I wanted to whine but instead was able to wine. This is not a walk in the park.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis " 2018"
#27
Thanks for starting this thread, @tomishy and to all who shared their experience/opinions. I'm in the early stages of planning a short Camino with my 11-year old niece and have been thinking about the albergue-versus private room question. I imagine that we'll opt for a combination of both.

For the nights in our own room, I plan to opt for private albergues that have both dorms and rooms. I'd like her to have the albergue experience most days- cooking our own food, doing laundry, eating with other pilgrims etc. There are plenty of those albergues on the Camino Frances. Some also have dorms with as few as 4 beds, which could work perfectly for you.

Happy planning and Buen Camino!
Thank you for this . I plan the be flexible . I’m 72 ( young variety )so we will be supporting each other

I am thinking also of sending bags on each day and see that this is easily done but welcome views .
 
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017
#28
The Youth Hostel Association in the UK has clear rules about children in their hostels. Over 16 fine on their own in dorm rooms. 12 to 16 again ok in dorm rooms but must be with an adult. Under 12 must be in private rooms.
Spanish hostels appear not to have clear rules, at least none I could find but the YHA rules might serve as an indication of what is reasonable.
I have found that the albergues are very different than youth hostels and backpackers hostels. I was concerned about taking my 13 year old when I first went as I had experienced some very loud, drunk, stoned parties at hostels. (Harare comes to mind... But that is another story.) But everyone, including my son, was respectful and interested in food and then sleep. :)

There was a group of German men who would give my son a big "Hurrah" and clap him on the shoulder when we would catch up with them at the end of the day. :)
 
#29
I have been walking off and on with a family bringing their 4 year old and 6 month old boys. They did have to stay in an open bunk room one night because there were no private rooms available, but usually took a private room. The mom told me there is a Facebook group for families on the Camino which gave her lots of good suggestions.
@kelleymac I’d love to know if you can remember the name of the FB group. We are headed out with our 2 year old in August.

@tomishy i don’t have many answers for palaces to stay since I’ll be doing something similar, but I can give some insight for the sleeping bag/liners. All albergues and hotels/private rooms will have blankets. I took a silk liner on my first one and it was perfect. It added a little extra comfort, but it definitely wasn’t necessary. At least that was my experience.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis " 2018"
#30
Hola , Well its only 7 more weeks to go and Tay and I will be stepping out from SJPDP. We are looking forward to meeting up with happy walkers along the way. We have be practising our strides up hill and down dale. The ice breaker merino socks are still a bit scratchy on my delicate old feet so still seacrhing for a suitable pairof socks. And, found out they take such a long time to dry. I have sent away for a Macabi hiking skirt and hoping when it arrives next week and it will be suitable. I dont want the restriction of long trousers and shorts are not my thing so here goes. I know Tay will fit in with the crowd. At 11 she is smart and determined.
 


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