Camino de Santiago Live Blogging

| March 10, 2013 | 16 Comments

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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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. 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!
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  2. 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.
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  3. Ed Rex says:

    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?
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    • 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. says:

    This looks like the experience of a life-time mate! Can’t wait to read all about it.
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  5. 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!
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  6. awesome! looking forward to this series. have a blast in Camino de Santiago!
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  7. 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. 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!
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  9. Katherine says:

    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

    • 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

  10. Nev says:

    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 :-)
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  11. Alice OBrien says:

    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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