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Luggage Transfer Correos

Bag transfer and storage

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mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Paul J W

Paul J
Camino(s) past & future
Miscellaneous camino routes since 2000.
Not an answer to the specific question but, in responding to those who pose a similar question, I ask the question “why?”. There may, of course, be very valid reasons for forwarding baggage but, in the spirit of the Camino, I encourage subscription to the view that you carry all you need.
Here I tend to be very much a minimalist, without compromising on safety, wearing light weight gear, resorting to making additional purchases en route, if needs be, invariably from street markets, and discarding (responsibly!) unwanted garments as and when. As a rule of thumb I carry only a pack which can be conveyed as cabin baggage on flights (from UK).
 

Kiwi-d

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sep/Oct 2014
In answer to those who might ask 'why?' I would reply, why question what others want/need to do? In my case although I was able to carry my backpack on the Frances, I can no longer carry even a daypack because of spinal issues. The reasons for carrying a backpack or not are nobody else's business. We each walk our own Camino.
 

Paul J W

Paul J
Camino(s) past & future
Miscellaneous camino routes since 2000.
You are right, of course, Kiwi-d. Possibly, if you re-read my comments you will see that I acknowledge there are, for some, very valid reasons for forwarding baggage. Indeed, as a guy approaching 80 years, I now sometimes forward myself along with my pack!
The point I am making is essentially for those making their initial pilgrimage, to reflect on what they choose to take with them with a view to being, as far as is reasonably possible, independent of porterage!
We do indeed “travel our our own pilgrimage” but we also want to discourage tourists using pilgrims’ accommodation - an increasing trend which I have witnessed over the past 20 years!
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
We do indeed “travel our our own pilgrimage” but we also want to discourage tourists using pilgrims’ accommodation - an increasing trend which I have witnessed over the past 20 years!
I guess it depends on what you mean by "tourist". I haven't seen many people at all using pilgrims' accommodation who weren't in possession of a credencial and proceeding towards Santiago. Do you mean people who are not travelling for religious reasons? I'm not so sure that is necessary. The cathedral itself now does not require it, giving out Compostelas to people who claim "spiritual" rather than religious reasons. And many who do not start looking for a spiritual or religious experience find that they have recieved one before it is done. In either case, how could we tell that looking from the outside? Or are you a tourist rather than a pilgrim if you choose to travel in some comfort rather than maximizing your hardship? Firstly, those who do are less likely to stay in albergue dorms. Secondly, while some pilgrims may be ascetics, that has never been the case for all pilgrims (as anyone who has read the Canterbury Tales can attest).

Personally, I prefer a more generous view of pilgrims. I consider anyone a pilgrim who considers themself so (and some who do not). This leads me not to see or be concerned with a growing number of tourists in pilgrim accomodation over the last thirty years.
 

Paul J W

Paul J
Camino(s) past & future
Miscellaneous camino routes since 2000.
No, David, my comments re tourists is nothing to do with religion!
You will know that to be in possession of credential is not a challenge and, having completed some twenty or so Caminos I am fully aware of the alternative Compostela issued at Santiago.
Possibly you have not witnessed what I consider the blatant abuse of pilgrim accommodation. However, over the years I have seen the “weekenders” and even parties deploying their own minibus transportation between stops (donning their packs shortly before arriving at an Albergue to appear genuine!) while touring.
This does concern me given the ever increasing pressure on accommodation from the true pilgrims. And, on that point, I guess we have to disagree!
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Not an answer to the specific question but, in responding to those who pose a similar question, I ask the question “why?”. There may, of course, be very valid reasons for forwarding baggage but, in the spirit of the Camino, I encourage subscription to the view that you carry all you need.
Here I tend to be very much a minimalist, without compromising on safety, wearing light weight gear, resorting to making additional purchases en route, if needs be, invariably from street markets, and discarding (responsibly!) unwanted garments as and when. As a rule of thumb I carry only a pack which can be conveyed as cabin baggage on flights (from UK).

@Romalban asked about sending bags from Lisbon directly to Santiago and having them stored there. They didn't ask about daily backpack transport. (at least that's my understanding)
 

Paul J W

Paul J
Camino(s) past & future
Miscellaneous camino routes since 2000.
@Romalban asked about sending bags from Lisbon directly to Santiago and having them stored there. They didn't ask about daily backpack transport. (at least that's my understanding)
Possibly that is why the posted comment commenced with the seven words that it did!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Camino Portugal
Yes indeed I did ask about sending baggage through for storage and not my daily backpack. We are more then happy to carry our small daily backpacks on our Camino. My reason for the question is that we are traveling in several different countries over four months a require extra gear. We do not wish to lug any extra on the Comino then needed.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Yes indeed I did ask about sending baggage through for storage and not my daily backpack. We are more then happy to carry our small daily backpacks on our Camino. My reason for the question is that we are traveling in several different countries over four months a require extra gear. We do not wish to lug any extra on the Comino then needed.
I almost always send a suitcase to Santiago from my starting point, but haven't had to send it from Portugal yet.
 

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