Planning your Camino – about letting go

Travel to the Camino

The question/comment was:

I will be doing my first Camino in September. I am an organised person, and I have been organising this journey for some time. I like to know what’s coming up, and plan for it.

But come the time when I take my first steps from SJPP, I want to let go. I want to let the path take me where it will. I don’t want to know what’s ahead. I want the way to surprise me. What excites me about doing the Camino is the thought of letting go…

Am I crazy?

Read the interesting conversation on not over planning your Camino de Santiago in our Camino forum here.

Is it OK to have no plan at all?

Is it OK to have no plan at all?

The question was:

I’ve had some lovely feedback from pilgrims on another post. My question here concerns something different so I thought I’d start a new thread.

I am not much of a planner. In fact I was intending to just turn up in Seville on May 1st and start walking! I have given myself about 7 weeks to reach SdC. I have the CSJ guide and I figured that I would follow the shells and get advice along the way about places to stay, good spots for rest days etc. One of the things I am most looking forward to is not having a set plan and putting aside technology for a while – I don’t intend to have a phone or access email.

I thought I’d see if anyone else takes this approach? Reading through other posts it seems that lots of you are very well organised and its given me a slight pang of concern about my own dis organised approach!

Is there anything that I really do need to plan?

Read the good advice on not having a plan when walking the Camino de Santiago.

Can I just wing it?

The question was:

I’ve wanted to hike el camino for many years but every time I begin to research, I get overwhelmed with all the information I find. If I just arrive in Irun, can I start hiking without much prior research? I have a hard time wanting to read about the route. I just want to walk it. I speak fluent Spanish and I’m not shy to ask my way around. I also already have the CSJ guides for the entire ruta del norte.
Any simple suggestions or bare basic things that I shouldn’t forget or must do before I come?

Read the good advice on walking the Camino with no or little planning.