iPad for the Camino de Santiago?

Should I bring my ipad on my Camino de Santiago?
iPad for the Camino de Santiago?

The question was:

I am considering whether to bring my ipad this year, to be able to communicate with home more easily and hopefully keep a blog.

But I have a couple of questions for those of you with some experience and knowledge.

I remember reading somewhere that it’s hard to make blog posts on an ipad and that a special “ap” is recommended. Can someone please explain this to me? I don’t ever use aps, I just use the internet, is there a difference? And what about this special ap idea?

Will I be able to upload pictures from my camera to my blog on the ipad? Is this complicated?

Read the conversation on bringing your iPad on the Camino de Santiago here in our Camino forum.

13 Replies to “iPad for the Camino de Santiago?”

  1. I am not sure about blogs yet but I plan to take my Ipad. I just picked up a connection for my camera to upload to the Ipad. I also prepay Skype so I can use it as a telephone to book along the way. I will follow this conversation and hope to learn about blogs before I leave…

    1. I plan to take my iPad mini and blog using the app “Blogsy”. After some practice it is fairly easy to use. My daughter helped me at first. I will take photos with my iPhone and these will sync with my iPad through the iCloud when I have wifi. Also you can write the blog offline and upload it when you find a wifi spot.
      I plan to leave SJPdP April 24 for my first Camino and at age 70 I am sure it will be quite an adventure. I have been training with hikes up to 20 miles here in Virginia and feel really good about my fitness but I am sure I will find challenges on the way.

      Good luck!

  2. Dont know maybe I am too old school, but what I learned from my three Caminos the first one was all the way from Paris in 1991, is that the experience is to leave everything behind, particularly technology…otherwise the experience is not as mind blowing as it could be genuinely…too many breaks for blogging or going in Face Book is an attachment, a personal baggage that we bring along and that we have to face as part of the “Tests’ encountered in the Camino…

    1. I guess I would think that a young woman’s family might want her to carry such things in case something were to go wrong – she’d need to be able to get hold of them for help. I’m a mom though, so maybe I’m biased as I face my 19 year old daughter thinking about doing her first camino alone… ya, phone for sure – if just for safety reasons!!

    2. So many judgments of people’s decisions – why is writing wasting time? “ONLY” 20 miles a day? What’s the rush?
      I say do what you want to do!

      1. I agree with your assessment of Victor’s post. Who is he to judge how far a person walks? I’m not even planning to walk 10 miles a day….will he judge me too? (If so, I don’t give a crap….talk about not being a true pilgrim…pilgrims shouldn’t judge others). If I want to Facebook, that’s my business. My whole point in walking is for the excellent I will do. So, yes, I will be the one you see writing at the end of the day.
        Victor, walk your own walk and let others do the same.

        1. Hey, Victor’s only expressing his opinion – it’s neither better nor worse than yours! We each hear a different drummer; yours may dance to the tune of Facebook, Victor’s is his own.

  3. I have mixed feelings about communicating with home while on El Camino. As a psychologist I may have to respond to an emergency, but I do not want to e reporting to family and friends (even a camera can get in the way with an experience!). While not always reliable – and definitely TERRIBLE customer support, magic jack can be used on an iPad or iPhone. When you have wifi, magic calls home are like local calls in your area code. I’m thinking g an iPad mini might be the deal…mostly for books or calls!

  4. I’ve always found that whenever I’ve been away from home, I always try not to get in touch with those at home. And I hope to keep up this tradition when I go later in the year to ride the Camino. I will have the most important person in my life alongside me (my husband). However, I am well aware that the family members we leave behind will only worry about us if they don’t hear from us during the long spell we plan to spend away from home. So I might just take up any opportunity to at least message someone once in a while – but I’m not going to lose sleep worrying about it. We will be leaving anything technological (apart from a small pay-as-you-go mobile phone) at home! Perhaps a small camera because then we can take photos to not only share with everyone once we get back home, but also to keep for ourselves to relive what is going to be one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. But I would say no ipad or even ipod.

  5. I chose to take only my Android smart phone, and I’m very glad I did. I shut off my phone networks before leaving the U.S., and used it only as a second camera (my best use for it!), and mini-computer for occasional blog posts and to let others know I was ok, and for the even less occasional Skype call. I thought allaying the fears of loved ones at home was the least I could do. I was quite pleased that I chose not to have a tablet with me; one less thing to worry about breaking or getting stolen or lost; and the phone fit comfortably in my front pocket. When I walk the Camino again (and I certainly hope to!), the only thing I might add is the smallest of e-readers, like a Kindle Paperwhite. But then, after a long hard day and pleasant unwinding over dinner with my fellow pilgrims, having something to read becomes less of a need.

  6. I felt a strong sense of belonging to my county of birth, España, while walking the Camino in May 2013. My thoughts were often drawn back in time as I walked along the well worn paths through an ancient land. Perhaps the same paths of my ancestors. The Camino experience was very meaningful for me in so many ways, though being so far away from my family in Australia, where I grew up, made me feel isolated at times. So having my mini iPad was a link to my present. I was able to share my journey through España and enrich others too.

    I was able to use Skype to phone ahead and book accommodation, take photos when my camera battery went flat, post online, email, and research local topics of interest etc.

  7. I brought my mini iPad with me last May. It was great for taking pictures, posting them, communicating back with friends and family. Sometimes when I felt lonely, this type of communication really helped me. Most albergues now have wifi.
    I kept a sort of blog on my Facebook page.
    Buen Camino !

  8. Like with everything else about the Camino, each person must walk their own way, this includes the decision related to technology. I had both my iPhone and iPad during our 5 day walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella. I used the iPhone mainly for pictures. I used the iPad to keep up a personal log (not a blog). I also used both once we got to Santiago and beyond for finding a variety of things. I still interacted with other Pilgrims along the way and still had my wonderful quiet time with God. It was an amazing and wonderful experience. Enjoy every aspect of it, including being able to touch base with family. Buen Camino!

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