I hope I can walk the Norte this September (it may be 2019 also but I am hoping) I have walked 3 other camino so I have experience. I try to stay in monasteries, donativos., and municipal albergues whenever possible. Whenever possible I will shop the night before to make sandwiches and have fruit and snacks for the day. I will usually have 3 or 4 coffees and some sweets for energy and because I like them too!!!! If their is not a communal dinner or people I meet that want (if the monasteries, donativos or albergues have kitchens) I will often eat there. But I will be 64 this time around and I know there will be more days I will just want to go to a restaurant for dinner. Every 7 to 10 days I will take a rest day and usually may sleep in a hostel. I hope this is not too long but is the cost about the same as the Frances? I have not walked this one in about 4 years. Last walk was from Lisbon. Any help will be appreciated. I usually walk on the early part of the camino 20-23k a day if I can. Later on after a few weeks I can take it up to 25-27 a day. Thats of course if there are places to sleep at about those points. I don't worry too much about the stages in the books. Been Camino to all and hope I can meet everyone as there are so many amazing perigrinos to share moments of joy with!