What’s that, you say? You need some reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago? True, 500 miles does seem like a long way on foot…and it does take at least a month. A long month, with 31 days. My walk took 38 days.
But it will change your life. Promise.
It’s been a few years since my pilgrimage across northern Spain. Yet I think of it nearly every day. As I tell others, except for giving birth, it’s the best thing I ever did. Every morning was truly a new beginning, because I hadn’t traveled that path yet. With nothing to hold me back–in fact, you must be out of the hostel (albergue) by 0800–it was just me and the day ahead. Freedom to walk as far as I wanted. To think…or not think. To stop as I wished to view the spectacular scenery, pop into the bar that every village has, or to catch my breath. (Some of those hills were very, very steep!)
Perhaps you just need a little nudge. Or a big push. Let me help…here are 14 fun reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago. Life is short. Don’t leave it with regrets. As Jack Kerouac said, “Climb the damn mountain.”
Okay! Are you inspired? Ready to go? Here is some more information to get you on your own pilgrimage:
Follow the Yellow Arrows: A Guide for Planning and Packing for the Camino de Santiago by Suzanne Ball (“If I can do it, so can you!”)