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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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Why Should You Choose A Couple Resort as a Romantic Getaway

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There’s no point in planning a couple’s holiday retreat if you aren’t choosing a place that speaks of romance. Different couples have different tastes, some prefer long drives while some are into adventures. A majority of couples also turn to beaches or pick places that are known for calmness and quiet.

This is why it is important to know what your partner prefers so that you can choose a destination that fits everyone. This may be difficult, but what if there was a place that offered all of the above mentioned things? There is. A resort can offer you all this and much more.

You just have to find the best resort for the family and you are good to go. Remember that not all resorts are created same. For example, some are close to the beach while some are not. You need to find a resort that offers all the activities you are interested in so that you can have a great time when you go for a holiday with your partner.

Without much ado, let’s have a look at why you should go to a resort when you plan a picnic in the future:

Excursions Included

If you are looking for memory making adventures as a couple then a couples resort is your best bet. Most resorts have their own excursions that you can opt for. This removes the need to find travel agents as you can book all that you need from the comfort of your room just by dialing the reception.

You can experience heart pumping activities like snorkeling, boat rides, jet ski and a lot more.

There’s no need to panic or worry if you haven’t gone through any of these activities before as you will be provided with safety equipment and training before you embark on your journey.

While all these are adventurous options, this is not all that a resort offers. You can enjoy other activities as well such as a couples massage and other relaxing activities.

Most top class resorts have their own spas where you can relax and allow your mind and body to soothe.

Top-Class Meals

Meals are the soul of a holiday trip and bad meals can definitely ruin your adventure by ruining your mood. However, couple resorts are said to have trained and top notch chefs who know how to make the diners go wow with their cooking skills. There’s a wide variety of foods available at a couple’s resort.

You can look at the available menu before you book a resort so that you know what kind of food you will get at the resort. Many resorts offer all-inclusive deals where you pay a lump sum for your stay and food. This is a good option as it takes the burden off your shoulder and allows you to relax without any worries.

Romantic Spots

What’s your definition of a romantic spot? Sunbathing under an umbrella? Getting drenched in a jacuzzi with your partner? Expressing love on a boat while you’re in the middle of the sea? A couples resort can make all your romantic wishes come true and get you two connected like never before.

Let the receptionist know of your plan and they will make it happen for you. Plus, if you go for a couple resort you will be able to enjoy intimate moments without any trouble as they understand the importance of privacy and will provide you with all that you need.

Pack your bags and start planning your next trip tomorrow. The key lies in being on the same page as your partner and planning in advance so that you do not only save money, but also make every moment count.

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4 Uncommon Sights To Find In Australia

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Australia, a country with a rich, versatile and blossoming natural life. A country with amazing food, amazing people, and an amazing history. A trip to Australia can feel a little discombobulating in the first few moments if making the trip from a Western climate to here, as of course the seasons will be completely flipped on their head. However, the moment you exit the airport you’ll be greeted with the beautiful expanse of this wonderful country, and all it has to offer.

However, of course countries are known for many things, but it does feel like Australia is sometimes stereotyped a little too much. While beaches, great foods, crazy wildlife and hats with corks are to be found, as are plenty ‘g’day mates’ and kangaroos, that is only 0.01% of what this country has to offer. In the interest of finding you some wonderful uncommon experiences to see the hidden side of Australia, we have compiled a list of four uncommon sights you should find it more than worthwhile to visit.

Nambung Desert 

The Western Australian Nambung desert is around ninety minutes north of Perth. You can get there even more quickly with a good car hire. Of course, you might be thinking ‘what does a desert have to offer me?’ Well, nestled there are The Pinnacles, one of the most interest natural limestone developments to be found. Jutting out from the surface and spread along around a mile of land, this area almost seems like a natural form of ruins.

There is a storied history here. The aboriginals suggest that these limestone rocks are natural memorials to those who died in the quicksand. Of course, any and all residual quicksand is heavily cordoned off and maintained, so there’s no need to be afraid of this area. However, it can certainly make for an interesting trip, as this is the one and unique place you will ever see a site such as this. Be sure to bring your camera, especially if you’re interested in photographing strange shadows and compositions of nature!

Karlu Karlu

Karlu Karlu are also known as ‘The Devil’s Marbles,’ and for quite a funny reason. These two massive granite rocks standing parallel to one another on rock platforms. This area is a protected conservation reserve, due to them being a strong and spiritually significant area for the aboriginals. This means that it is known as one of the oldest religious sites in the world. Karlu Karlu roughly translates to round boulders, which lends credence and respect to the sight.

You can get here at the exact midway point between Tennant Creek (North) and the Alice Springs (South.) Of course, like any protected conservation effort, you can learn the history here, enjoy a guided tour and relax in the nearby facilities. However, if you’re into your natural history, the age and breadth of this site should give you some genuine pause for thought and wonder.

Wolfe Creek Crater

If you like your odd space history, where else is better to go than a meteoric impact? That is until Elon Musk allows us all to travel to Mars. However, the weather is much more pleasant in Australia, so this will more than serve for now. The Wolfe Creek Crater is located in the Western Australian outback and is of course the filming location of the popular horror series ‘Wolf Creek’. Luckily in real life the tragedies to be experienced here are zero, only a natural wonder and interest that something so small could produce a crater so large. Be sure to bring your hiking boots, and only stick to the predestined path if traversing this rocky landscape.

Nimbin 

If you have a little hippie in you, then it might do you well to visit Nimbin, one of the very first hippie communities to ever grace Australia. Luckily this place is still thriving today, with plenty of community-led stores, events, art displays and musical gigs for you to explore. Nimbin is very popular with tourists, and the self-sufficient community hosts festivals for them to attend every year. This can be quite a tiring place to visit, as almost everyone has profound energy for celebration all the time. However, if you’re looking to blow off some steam with people you’ll think you’ve known forever, then relaxing and enjoying this community can be one of the best things you’ll do on your Australian travels.

So what are you waiting for? A world of incredible Australian adventure lies just around the corner. Be sure to experience the most you can within the time allotted, and you’re sure to have one of the best vacations of your life.

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Perfect Your Car for an Offroading Adventure

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There is something awesome about offroading – the ability to just drive is so freeing it can get addictive! But if you don’t want to get stuck or find yourself in a jam, you will need to make sure that your car is properly equipped to handle the terrain in front of you.

Road trips are the best way to discover what the wild has to hold and travel beyond the safety of the city. There is so much land to explore and so many opportunities to get back to nature that you just can’t pass up a road trip when it comes along. Wherever you plan to go, here are the things you should never be without.

Car Snorkel

It sounds weird, but it does work exactly like a regular snorkel and allows you to take your car through deeper ravines without messing up the engine or exhaust. Airflow 4X4 Snorkels are great models to try and you can use their CAD templates to double check your measurements.

Even if you aren’t planning to cross deeper water, having a car snorkel ready is perfect for a spontaneous change of route or if the weather takes a turn and there is a lot of water to deal with all of a sudden. It’s also good to have when you find that you are going through a lot of mud.

The Right Tires

Depending on the terrain you plan to drive on, you will need to make sure your tires can handle it. Regular tires are just made for fairly smooth tarmac so if you want to go anywhere that doesn’t have a road like that, you will need to step up your game and have a look at an off-road tire guide to see which is best for your trip.

Getting the right tires is important because you need to have enough grip on multiple terrain types to get to your destination. You also need to make sure that the car is stable while you drive so you aren’t going to put your back out going over a bump. The better suited your tires are to different terrains, the more comfortable your trip will be and the safer it will be too.

Storing Extra Fuel

When you are far away from anywhere, fuel stations are, obviously, few and far between. This means that you need to think carefully about how much fuel you will need as running out in this environment is extremely dangerous. You could think about installing a long range fuel tank or bring jerry cans of fuel just in case.

Whichever method you choose, you need to make sure that you have enough plus spare to get to your next fuel stop. However, do remember that your vehicle will be weighted down with all your food and water as well as your clothes and whatever else you want to take. This means that you will go through fuel a bit faster than normal – especially if you are using your car battery to cook.

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