Is it difficult to make friends if you walk the Camino alone?

Woman walking alone

The question was:

I will be walking some portion of the Camino Frances in the early autumn 2013. I will only have about 3 weeks vacation. Nowhere near enough time to walk the whole way from SJPP. So I will probably start somewhere west of Leon. I will be a slow walker and don’t intend to push myself beyond what I think I can reasonably do each day.

I was just reading on another thread that it is sometimes hard for someone walking alone to make friends along the way. Particularly if they did not start in SJPP. How true is this?

Read all the good advice on walking the Camino de Santiago alone here.

Did you get homesick on the Camino de Santiago?

Did you get homesick on the Camino de Santiago?

The question was:

Last year I walked with my husband and never experienced homesickness. I did meet several solo walkers who were very lonely and missed home. I would like to know if anyone experienced homesickness, what triggered it, and how they overcame it. Did it happen at the start or closer to the end? Were you able to speak about it with other pilgrims or did you keep it to yourself, and why?

Read the good conversation on homesick on the Camino de Santiago.

What about the family that we leave at home?

What about he family we leave at home

The question was:

My beloved is, I realise belatedly, stressed and distressed by my planned pilgrimage. I am taking the Camino Frances in April. We have been together some thirty odd years now and have never been apart for as long as the five weeks or so that it will take me to reach Santiago and Finisterre.

Read the good advice on how to deal with the people that you leave at home while on your Camino.