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Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

Follow along with my live blogging as I tackle the 700+ km French Way from Pamplona to Santiago on the Camino de Santiago. Follow #fjCamino on Twitter.

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Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

I have always thought of myself as a planner, both in my day to day life and when I am travelling. I like to have a routine and know where I am going next. So booking my flight to Spain to walk Camino de Santiago on a whim feels liberating.

It is also extremely daunting. I have been going through bouts of excitement that swing wildly to moments of pure terror. All I can think is; What have I gotten myself into?

Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

To answer my own question, I have gotten myself into attempting a giant walk. A giant 700+ km walk to be precise.

I am following in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who have travelled by foot, bike and donkey along the “French Way” to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

I will start walking from Pamplona near the border of Spain and France. Along the way I will be providing you with real time information with all my favourite adventures from Camino de Santiago with live blogging from the 10th March. I am not quite when, or if, I will finish. But I will definitely keep you all updated!

Below you will find all my favourite Instagram photos, travel tips and places I visit during my pilgrimage to help you plan your own adventure travel trip along the Camino de Santiago.

You can stay up to date now by following along with me via my hashtag on Twitter and Instagram – #fjCAMINO. As well as check back regularly on our adventure travel blog for updates.

If you have any tips, advice or questions for me then please make sure you send us a tweetFacebook message or drop a comment below so that we can make the most of our trip as well. Would also love any emails to keep me motivated!

Camino de Santiago as seen on Instagram:

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Map of where Cole has been on the Camino de Santiago:

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Have you ever walked the Camino de Santiago? Do you have any tips for me? 

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Charli l Wanderlusters

    March 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Cole, you’re a true adventurer!

    What a fantastic trip. So often we forget that the first explorers covered incredible distances on foot alone. With air travel in the 21st century distances now appear so small but I’m sure walking the world it can appear a very vast place!

    I look forward to your updates and hope you take a ‘blisters and all’ approach to your journal! Although saying that I’m not sure I need to see your blisters!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Glad you don’t want to see my blisters because they are quite horrendous haha. Definitely don’t want to share them.

  2. Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    March 11, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I am really looking forward to following along on this journey. I am hoping that by the end, you will have some suggestions for segments that less ambitious (less fit) pilgrims can try. Buena suerte con este viaje.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Thanks Suzanne. I only have 21 days anyway so can’t complete the whole Camino. Will put up my favourite sections for sure 😉

  3. Ed Rex

    March 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I’m just in awe of your travels there. Seriously, your blogging process has to be one of the best I’ve seen.

    Question – how do you set this live blogging up?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Hey mate. I use a couple of plugins for the live blogging with Instapress and Tripline maps doing it pretty much. Very easy. Hardest part is trying to find the time for other stuff at the end of the day.

  4. Stephen S.

    March 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    This looks like the experience of a life-time mate! Can’t wait to read all about it.

  5. Violeta's Travels

    March 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I want to walk Camino de Santiago later this year, so your live blogging comes right in time for me to get some fresh tips about it. I’m looking forward to your articles! Good luck!

  6. Happy Philippines

    March 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    awesome! looking forward to this series. have a blast in Camino de Santiago!

  7. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    March 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Cole, I’m enjoying your updates on Facebook. I’m excited to see you doing this! It’s one of my dreams. PLEASE finish it!!! You can do it! 😉

  8. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    March 15, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Forgot to add — we have the Appalachian Trail in the US and Justin and I both want to hike it so badly. It’s over 2,000 miles total, so we can’t do it all at once since we work. We’ve done several sections of it and hope to finish it within our lifetime. So I am rooting for you on this one to finish — no regrets!

  9. Katherine

    March 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    My name is Katherine, and I am emailing you with a couple questions regarding the Camino de Santiago. I am writing an article on the Camino for my school newspaper, and I am also doing the Camino de Santiago this summer. As well as information for this article, I am also doing this for information for me. Anyway, I would really appreciate your help and input!! Thanks!!

    How do you recommend someone trains for this?

    How heavy should your backpack be?

    What type of footwear do you recommend?

    What are the most important things to pack?

    Do you recommend hiking poles?

    What did you find to be the hardest part in hiking the Camino?

    What should people know about this particular trip?

    Any stories/comments/etc. you have would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Thank you so much for your help!

    Sincerely,

    Katherine

    • Cole Burmester

      March 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Hey Katherine,
      Thanks so much for your comment and stopping by the blog.
      I am definitely no expert for the Camino but will have a go a answering your questions 🙂 You might also want to chat to Sherry Ott from ottsworld.com. She is another blogger that did the Camino last year. Another good site is the Camino Forum – caminodesantiago.me/

      How do you recommend someone trains for this?
      I went with no training at all. I am reasonably fit and the distances I covered, 20 – 30kms per day, were easy. My downfall was not having the right shoes. You need a pair of shoes that are at least 1 size bigger than normal because your feet will swell. I had really bad blisters on the front of my toes that got infected. So test some shoes out, you don’t need boots, and break them in before heading off on the Camino de Santiago.

      How heavy should your backpack be?
      Mine was 11 kgs but if I wasn’t blogging during it then I would have stuck to about 7 kgs. Most people say for the Camino de Santiago that your backpack should be only 10% of your bodyweight maximum.

      What type of footwear do you recommend?
      Shoes are fine as long as they have GoreTex linings which will keep your feet dry. Lots of people had boots but if my shoes had been a little bigger I would have been fine. They just have to be comfortable and lightweight. I even wore jandals for 9 kms!

      What are the most important things to pack?
      Gear for all sorts of weather. I got snow on one of the days but it was March. An iPod and eBook will keep you occupied after walking all day as there is lots of downtime in the evenings.

      Do you recommend hiking poles?
      I don’t but that is a personal preference. I did enjoy walking with a large stick I found along the way!

      What did you find to be the hardest part in hiking the Camino?
      Apart from the blisters… Well I started the Camino for very personal reasons and it gave me lots of time to think. That was one of the hardest parts for me because it made me tackle some issues I was dealing with.

      What should people know about this particular trip?
      Be open-minded and enjoy it! There are so many amazing people walking the Camino that will inspire you.

      Hope that helps? Would love it if you could give me a link in the paper and definitely send me a copy once it is published 🙂 Good luck for your own journey and I will have pictures up in a few days/weeks.

      Cheers,
      Cole

    • Cole Burmester

      March 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

  10. Nev

    December 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Hi!

    I stumbled across your blog – it’s a great blog btw!

    This winter I am going to be walking from Prague to Finisterre on my second pilgrimage.

    Thank you for your time and Buen Camino!

    Nev 🙂

  11. Alice OBrien

    July 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I just read your blog this morning after signing up for the Camino for next Sept 2015. I love to walk and this is the adventure of a lifetime. It is really sinking in that I am in no shape for this but I am determined to get in shape. I will be following your blogging. Thank you for doing this.
    Sincerely,
    Alice

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Is It Time to Find a New You at a Thailand Retreat?

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If you feel like you a lacking a little direction, or that you have become lost in the hustle and bustle of your faced paced life, do not despair. There is hope. Spend too much time buried by work and inevitably the world will grind you down, but it needn’t. You can do something about it. The answer is a lot simpler than you may think (and more affordable, too).

You have to act though. Indifference or accepting that nothing will change will result in exactly that, nothing changing. What you need to do is interrupt your life and take a step back. Now this doesn’t mean falling off the radar, or a sudden change in your career. You just need to invest a little of your own time in yourself and book yourself into a personal development course at a Thailand retreat.

 

Isn’t That Strange?

No, it isn’t. Again, you are not changing the world in which you live, rather you are looking to change how you live in the world. A getaway at a retreat can help you do this. So, lose the negativity and cynicism and think about the possibilities for a moment. If you feel strange about going alone, why not round up your best buddies and go together? (Click here for more guy adventure tips)

 

A Little Self-Therapy

 

If you work hard, and feel constantly exhausted, at some point things are going to get even worse – be that your physical or mental health. By looking after both your body and mind and learning healthy practices at a retreat, you’ll fortify both your mind and body ready for the rigours of daily life once you return to it. The techniques, practices and understandings that you will gain by attending a Thailand retreat will help you to not only cope, but to thrive. It is like learning a shortcut to happiness that many simply do not know about. Brilliant right?!

Burnout is a real problem in society, and prevention is a much better solution than trying to find a cure. It is likely that you will have to keep working in your employment and that life will throw all manner of things at you as you battle onward, but learning to cope whilst smiling, with a stronger fortitude and greater will to succeed is a more certain way of becoming a success before you become a casualty.

Through mindfulness practice, physical activity such as yoga and stretching, and incorporating meditation, you are adapting a holistic approach to your own health, happiness and self-development. This can help you become mentally stronger, physical fitter, more at ease with yourself and life, and aware of the world in which you live. You can actually learn to live rather than exist. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

Life begins at the very edge of your comfort zone, on the outskirts of familiarity and away from your normal habits and routine. Rather than shun it, or even fear it, you can learn to embrace, experience and even enjoy it too. This isn’t changing what you do, but how you do it. It isn’t changing who you are, it is letting you become the true you, unleashing your full potential.

A Thailand retreat based around health and self-development puts your wellbeing at the very heart of the programme. This isn’t self-indulgent but rather self-fulfilment; letting your life exist beyond the limits of your expectations. It is time for you to look after yourself that little bit better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preparing A Holiday With An Anxious Relative

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As much as you love going on holiday and planning a trip to a region of the world that you don’t know, it can be a little frustrating to travel with relatives or friends who are naturally nervous about discovering new things. You know the kind: They won’t try exotic food in a restaurant, in case it wouldn’t agree with their stomach. They look at your travel pictures with envy but always find an excuse not to join you on your next adventure. And more importantly, they try to avoid travelling abroad if they can at all help it. Be kind before you launch into criticism. They can’t help feeling anxious about everything. And maybe, if you want to help them relax a little, it’s your responsibility to make travelling as easy and enjoyable as possible. However, you’re in luck, because we can help you with that. All it takes is a little bit of planning and thinking ahead to get them sorted.

Get informed at first

If your friend or relative doesn’t travel often, the best thing you want to do is to convince them to come on a trip with you that is poorly planned. First things first: It’s about defining when it the best time to visit your destination of choice. You wouldn’t want to accidentally pick the monsoon season when going to a tropical country, for instance. That’s exactly what this handy website is about : It helps you to find out when is the best time to visit where with monthly weather overview based on observations from the previous years. In short, if you’re travelling with someone who hates being cold, you can direct them towards countries that are warm in winter, for example. As silly as it might sound, knowing what kind of weather to expect can be a great help for a nervous adventurer: Knowing what to pack is already a step out of the unknown zone.

Get the health check

You can’t easily decide to travel to any country without planning. For health reasons, there is a number of regions in the world that require vaccinations to keep you safe. You’d better keep yourself informed of the health requirements in advance, as some vaccinations need to be started up to 2 months before your departure. The typical countries where you’d be expecting additional health vaccines tend to be around the south and south-east Asia. Hepatitis A and B is a common risk in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, and even the Fiji. In India, you need to be aware of risks of rabies and Japanese encephalitis in addition to more common vaccinations. You also need to ensure that you and your relative are up to date with routine immunisations such as tetanus and diphtheria. The bottom line is that even though there are little risks for cautious travellers, you don’t want to take any chance.

Do you need authorisation?

If your friend or relative has only travelled to safe and known areas, such as Europe for instance, they may not be aware that certain countries require visitors from abroad to apply for a visa, aka an official authorization to entry the country. If you intend to visit Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, you will need to apply for a visa, which can take several weeks and require an official letter of recommendation from your destination hotel. Visiting South Africa, North America also require a visa, as well as some areas of Asia. Additionally, you need to ensure that you have free pages for control stamps in your passport. It might sound stressful at first, but it’s something that you can easily clarify in advance so that you don’t need to worry about it during your trip.

Protect your holiday

The main reason a lot of people feel anxious about travelling abroad is that they worry that anything might happen to them while they’re outside of the country. The fear of not knowing how to sort out common health and finances issues forces a lot of people to stay at home while they should be thinking about travel insurance instead. If your friend or relative is worried about falling ill on holiday or about losing valuable items abroad, you should take a look at standard travel policies to ensure that you can find an appropriate answer to their worries. From overseas travel insurance to snow sports insurance, you can find a lot of options to cover for most accidental situations smoothly and easily. More often than not, you can get an expert insurer to define the best-suited policy for your holiday. This will save you a lot of time searching as an insurer will be able to rely on the data of previous travellers to advise you.

Know how to spend the time

But I can’t travel to India: It’s a long flight, and I’ll get bored!

If that’s the kind of comments you get, you can reassure your friend or relative immediately: There are plenty of solutions that stop you from getting bored during your long journeys. Reading always is a good idea, especially if you’ve got a Kindle so that you can fill it with several books to keep yourself occupied while travelling. Some people might prefer audiobooks, however, if you’ve got a long flight, you’re likely to want to use earplugs and rest your senses. There are also plenty of online games that you can play with a smartphone, so it’s impossible to get bored!

Not one for tech gadgets? A simple crossword or sudoku book can do the trick and keep you busy until you’ve reached your destination. If you’re sitting aside, nothing is stopping you from playing a card game or a small board game. In short, getting bored is not a fatality!

Get a guidebook

How do you know about the best places and monuments to see when you’re visiting a new place? It’s obvious: You get a guidebook like every other traveller. Guidebooks might sound old-fashioned, but they are filled with useful information about an area, from where to stay to what to see. More importantly, you get a detailed breakdown of prices, which makes it a lot easier to plan your trip. As a traveller puts it, in a guidebook you find information that you didn’t know you needed, which helps you to prepare the best you can for your holiday. Besides, you can be sure that gathering knowledge about your destination will be handy to reassure your nervous co-traveller. Knowledge remains, after all, the best weapon against the unknown.

Pick your book

Do you need to know the language?

Most travellers would tell you that speaking English is enough to get by in any destination of the world. However; you need to be aware of one important fact: Just because English is the proxy language by definition, it doesn’t mean that everyone will understand you. A lot of people don’t speak English at all, and therefore you’ll need to be able to ask for directions or a cup of coffee in the local lingo. Why does it matter? You don’t need to be fluent to ask for things you need abroad, but you can be sure that locals are more likely to help and understand if you say it in their language. More often than not, you can get by with a simple phrasebook, from ordering food in a restaurant to finding the way to the art museum.

Prepare a visit plan

What if your friend would agree to go on a holiday but doesn’t know where to? You could inspire them with a list of the most wonderful sites to visit in the world. Stonehenge in England is a great destination for history lovers to enjoy the mysteries of the past. You can even organise walking among the famous stones on specific days! If you want to take their breath away with a fascinating historical site, try to Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. If you want to seduce a nature-lover, take them to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, which is the world’s largest mirror. Or you could visit the Great Blue Hole in Belize, which is 407 feet deep and can be easily seen from above – no need to dive, thankfully!

Decide on a budget in advance

Let’s be honest: Most people avoid travelling because they’re afraid of spending too much on the go. In reality, it all comes down to clever planning: If you know in advance where you’re going to stay and what’s around to see and visit, you can plan your budget accordingly. Of course, there will always be the unexpected expenses in the form of a cocktail night at the local bar, or a really cute jumper that you simply couldn’t live further without. But for all these, you can rely on a budget app such as Trail Wallet to keep track of your expenses throughout the day. In a few clicks, you can get an overview of how much you can afford and how much you’ve already paid.

In conclusion, the secret to turning a travel-anxious friend into a travel-happy holidaymaker is to share your planning secrets with them. Yes, travelling takes a lot of preps. But it means they can enjoy their trip with their mind at peace!

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Top 5 Things to See in Dubai on Your Next Holiday

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Dubai has quickly become a top destination for travelers from around the world.  It offers an impressive mixture of the best of modern architecture, stunning scenery and is a shopper’s paradise.  So, what are the top things to see during your holiday to Dubai?

Burj Khalifa

You can’t miss the Burj Khalifa when you visit Dubai – at 828 meters high, it is the world’s tallest tower and dominates the city’s skyline.  But the building is far more than admiring.  There is an observation deck on level 124 that is a must-see part of visiting the city while At The Top Sky Lounge is on level 148.  If you want a meal amid the clouds, At.mosphere on level 122 offers quality meals.

Palm Jumeirah

Another impressive man-made wonder of Dubai, Palm Jumeirah is a palm shaped man-made island and one of the largest artificial islands in the world.  It is home to a host of high quality hotels including the Waldorf Astoria and the Atlantis, The Palm.  It also has its own monorail that runs along the ‘trunk’ of the tree to connect it with the mainland.

The Dubai Mall

As well as enjoying the glamour of Dubai on your next holiday, you can also enjoy some of the highest quality shopping.  The Dubai Mall is more than just a shopping mall – there are 1200 shops, 150 restaurants, an indoor theme park, a waterfall, ice rink and even an aquarium and underwater zoo.  It takes shopping to a whole new level!

The Dubai Fountain

Standing outside the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is equally impressive and stands at the entrance to the Dubai Mall.  It is the world’s largest choregraphed fountain system reached 150 meters high with colorful, illuminated jet sprays that are timed to various musical pieces.  There are two shows a day on afternoons and evenings so plenty of chances to watch it in action.

Dubai Creek

Dubai is the epitome of a modern city but that’s not to say there isn’t history amid the stunning skyscrapers.  Dubai Creek is the heart of the old city, where the original Bani Yas tribe settled.  Here they started the pearl diving and fishing trades and the area slowly built into a trade center.  Now you can visit the gold, textile and spice souks as well as take a ride in a traditional abra boat.  It is also great value at just AED1 for a ticket.

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