Hi Niall! I'm Jackie, and I'm a 20 year old American taking a year off from school to travel around. Are you still planning on doing the Camino this month? I'm in Valencia right now and planning to do some 200km or so of the Camino before flying out of Santiago on Nov 21. Right now, though, I'm doing it alone, so if anyone else is out there hiking and wants some company...I'm game!
Mundicamino has a great website for the albergues... Many of them are open and if not, the option is to stay at a private refugio as well who charge an avg of 6 euros or so...... There is also a wonderful guide in many languages that you can find at the Corte Ingles (if you are in Spain already) it is an orange book and the last name of the author is "Anton"... has phone #'s and all other pertinent information... There are always options.....the Camino is the perfect place to think... Good choice!