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bobotron801

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Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2016, Oct-Nov 2017, April-May 2019, Oct-Dec 2019
Hello fellow pilgrims. I've had a few setbacks in my travels. Where I'll basically be going from the Hærvejen straight over to SJPP to start the Camino Frances. Which doesn't sound like a setback at all. Except I'm running low on my funds. So I'll be doing everything I can in Denmark to save money to convert to Euros and even then, I risk just having to come home and cancel my Camino.

I've heard of people doing the Camino Frances on a 500 Euro budget. If I can get any pointers to get me to the 500-800 Euro budget that would be exceedingly helpful!

Thanks in advance, Buen Camino
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
If you sleep outdoors, buy your food in a store and drink only water from village fuentes that will get you through at let's say 10€/day.
But what if it's a rainy night and no church porch nearby? And you have no tent? At least 5-6€ more for municipal albergue.
You want to eat something hot? Either you carry your own gas stove or go in albergue. Additional weight vs. Euros. Or you can go in the restaurant which will cost you even more Euros.
Walk, don't use transport, it costs :D

Y Buen Camino!
 
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nycwalking

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
I’ve met a few pilgrims walking the way as Saint Francis of Assisi reportedly did, without funds.

One pilgrim had a beautiful voice and sang for his supper and lodging. Other pilgrims offered to pay his good and lodging.

If you don’t mind being on the receiving end of alms givers and the attendant life which goes with it: walk on.

Or, you can explain your situation to the hospies at albergues and offer to clean, prepare supper for others, or make beds, et cetera in exchange for a room and food for the night.

Buen camino.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Just to add...
Some people sleep in private/hotel rooms for 70€ and they splurge on Paradors for 250€.
Some people sleep in albergues and sometimes splurge on private accommodation for 20-50€.
If you sleep most days for free you surely can "splurge" on albergue for 5€ at least to take a shower here and there. There are rivers and lakes though, just be careful not to drown ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Jul-Sept 2019: Six weeks in Northern Spain.
Apr 2018 Asturias
May 2016 CP: Portuguese
If I can get any pointers to get me to the 500-800 Euro budget
Based on the excellent suggestions by @nycwalking and @KinkyOne, ask yourself (if you don't already know) what are your life skills at hand, to offer in 'barter'? ;)

Guessing you are going to have an amazing Camino!
 

K Turner

One step at a time
Camino(s) past & future
14 August 2019 (SJPdP 16 August)
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances next month. We are on an extremely tight budget as well. We are planning to sleep outside but with an albergue night once or twice a week. Food will be done on our own, with a couple lunches out a week. We have all our gear and yes it means carrying a bit extra, but we don't have any other options. I trust it will work out!
 

billmclaughlin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP/Burgos 2012; Le Puy/SJPP 2013; Aumont Aubrac/Aire sur l'Adour 2014; Burgos/Santiago 2016.
Or you needn’t start at SJPP. If you have a commitment to starting there, then by all means do so. (I did, so I understand that sort of personal commitment.) But if you’re just starting from SJPP because that’s the done thing or how your guide works, then why not reconsider?
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for May 2019: Camino Francés
Does your travel budget of 500 to 800 Euros include the travel costs to SJPdP and back home from SdC?

If that's the case, I'd first check how much you have to pay for traveling to and from Spain, that's where you can save the most. Travelling by bus is usually cheaper than flying, but it would take quite some hours from Denmark.

I found a flight from Billund for 100 Euros, back from SdC roundabout the same.

Then you'd have 300 to 600 Euros left for living.

How many days do you expect to be on the way? If you walk about 25 Kilometers it would take you about 30 days of walking with no rest days.

That would leave you with 10 Euros a day, if you have 300 Euros left per day, on 600 Euros it would be 20 Euros.

20 Euros a day is managable, I did that just recently in May and June on the Frances though not every day. 10 Euros a day I'd consider sleeping sometimes outside to stretch your money.
 

Cass888

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances next month. We are on an extremely tight budget as well. We are planning to sleep outside but with an albergue night once or twice a week. Food will be done on our own, with a couple lunches out a week. We have all our gear and yes it means carrying a bit extra, but we don't have any other options. I trust it will work out!
 

Cass888

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
I really admire you for attempting to walk the Camino on limited funds. A positive attitude goes a long way. I wish my husband would walk the Camino with me. All the best to you both!
 

Stivandrer

Perambulating & Curious. Rep stravaiging offender
Camino(s) past & future
I´ve got Camino plans until 2042,
- or till I fall flat on my face, whichever comes first !!
I did CF in ´14 on 25 Euro a day, but that was excluding airfare.

I used Norwegian cheapest fare, but upgraded to rucksack in the hull and seath w exyended lenght.
I spent below 8,500 Dkr...

- ate well every other day ( Pilgrim Menu ) and from supermarkets the alternate other.
Had two nescessary hotel stay but apart from that had a good full Camino experince in albergues on that budget..

You could go totally commando but you would have to bring a ferw extra items for rough sleeping - could be done..

Niels
 
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RJM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
As far as equipment goes, it is fortunate that walking the Camino requires very little equipment and none of it has to be expensive. It is not a technical hike by any means. You can walk it with older, used equipment or equipment bought at discount and budget outdoor stores such as Decathlon. If you can borrow such items as a pack or lightweight sleeping bag, do so.
Stay in the municipal albergues whenever possible. If it is a clear, cool and beautiful night sleep outside when you can. As said already prepare your own meals with groceries purchased at mercados. That would probably reduce your eating costs by 50% right there. Never buy bottled water. No need. If you need your daily dose of coffee or tea, carry your own cup and boiler thing and your own instant coffee or tea bags. That is a big expense shaved off right there.
 

Davidmm

Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
Being from South Africa with a very poor exchange rate we budget on 30€ per day. We stay at Municipal Albergues, and shop at Supermarkets. I carry a Billy and cook our food. For emergencies we carry packet soup and bread, and a packet of protein meal replacement. There is enough in the budget for coffee every morning and a beer at the bar if no supermarket. Municipal Albergue for the 2 of us is usually 12€,( up 20% from 2017) We walked for 39 days last year.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
As someone has already mentioned there's the cost of getting to your starting point and the return to your home. Coach / bus travel will be a cheaper option but you could also look at Bla Bla car.
 

Lurch

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
looking at 2018-2019
My only suggestion would be to not wait till it is dark to pick your campsite, lest you blunder into the meadow of used toilet paper.
 

bobotron801

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2016, Oct-Nov 2017, April-May 2019, Oct-Dec 2019
Does your travel budget of 500 to 800 Euros include the travel costs to SJPdP and back home from SdC?

If that's the case, I'd first check how much you have to pay for traveling to and from Spain, that's where you can save the most. Travelling by bus is usually cheaper than flying, but it would take quite some hours from Denmark.

I found a flight from Billund for 100 Euros, back from SdC roundabout the same.

Then you'd have 300 to 600 Euros left for living.

How many days do you expect to be on the way? If you walk about 25 Kilometers it would take you about 30 days of walking with no rest days.

That would leave you with 10 Euros a day, if you have 300 Euros left per day, on 600 Euros it would be 20 Euros.

20 Euros a day is managable, I did that just recently in May and June on the Frances though not every day. 10 Euros a day I'd consider sleeping sometimes outside to stretch your money.
I've got my airfare all secured away at this point. would still have to pay for some busses or trains. So after travel expenses I'm looking at 500-800 euro. I think my time on the Haervejen will help me see how to do groceries for cheap.

I will be in 'Spain' for around 48 days (Cheapest flight was a bit longer duration) which makes the budget even tighter because I have to lengthen it.

I think my best bet is to see how cheap I can walk the Haervejen because I'm camping every night and cooking on my backpacking stove while I'm in Denmark and I'm taking 10,000 DKK for the 30 days.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route. 2018 was Camino #14
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances next month. We are on an extremely tight budget as well. We are planning to sleep outside but with an albergue night once or twice a week. Food will be done on our own, with a couple lunches out a week. We have all our gear and yes it means carrying a bit extra, but we don't have any other options. I trust it will work out!
Sometimes albergues will allow you to sleep outside in their yards, just fyi, and still use their shower and kitchen.
 

bobotron801

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Oct 2016, Oct-Nov 2017, April-May 2019, Oct-Dec 2019
My husband and I are walking the Camino Frances next month. We are on an extremely tight budget as well. We are planning to sleep outside but with an albergue night once or twice a week. Food will be done on our own, with a couple lunches out a week. We have all our gear and yes it means carrying a bit extra, but we don't have any other options. I trust it will work out!
I've met several pilgrims that ask municipal albergues if they can pitch a tent in their yard, and usually get to do that for free.
 

Derrybiketours

A journey of 500 miles begins with one step!
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP-SANT-FIN (09/2018)
PORTO-SANT (11/2018)
Caminho Da Fe (01/2019)
SJPdP- Meseta (28/09/2019)
Anything is possible, stick to your budget or don't have one, tell people your story, engage in conversation, add value to your interactions, help other Pilgrims in any way you can and your good needs will be rewarded, make yourself standout from the crowd, wear a t-shirt with slogan, Camino on a kroner budget, create a vlog, blog and write a journal and ask for help from your followers in return for something, ie copy of your ebook. Preparation and opportunity equals luck and lower expectations and accept the struggle, unknown, uncertainty and vunrebility and journey with purpose. Buen shoestring Camino 🤠
 

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central and Coastal 2017 & 2019; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia 2018
I'm running low on my funds. I've heard of people doing the Camino Frances on a 500 Euro budget. If I can get any pointers to get me to the 500-800 Euro budget that would be exceedingly helpful!
Last year I walked 21 days on Camino Portuges Interior + Sanabres + Fisterra & Muxia. Costs: 340 euros. Mind you these are hilly ones and not so many housing options in comparison to Frances where I guess I could manage under 450-500 euros. What it meant for me last year is walking on 17 euros a day, staying in municipal and private albergues and also in several hotels on the way where there were no other options. Self-catering all 3 weeks: did shopping in the supermarkets, cooked in the albergues, sometimes even without kitchens and cutlery - you can do a lot if you have a water coil and a spare cup :) A pack of ground coffee lasted the whole way for two and also had some teabags with us. Eat out in the restaurant a couple of times, including seafood. Had some spices with me that used daily. Not a big deal walking the Camino on the budget. Did 4 with about the same daily figures of 15-17 euros a day, didn't suffer at all :) Ah, could be more costly if you smoke/drink. And it pays off if you walk fast: less days till Santiago - less to pay :) Bom Caminho! :)
 
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