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Packing List:  My Recommended Gear for Walking the Camino de Santiago

Packing List: My Recommended Gear for Walking the Camino de Santiago

In the summer of 2019, I set out on my first Camino de Santiago pilgrimage along the ancient route from Portugal into Spain to Santiago de Compostela. As an experienced hiker, I spent a lot of time researching my backpack and clothes to ensure I 

Pilgrims Passport and Stamps along England’s Pilgrims Way

Pilgrims Passport and Stamps along England’s Pilgrims Way

The Pilgrims’ Way (also Pilgrim’s Way or Pilgrims Way) is England’s ancient pilgrimage route linking both Winchester and London to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at the Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. To document the route, the Canterbury Cathedral recommends that pilgrims obtain the 

Gear Hack:  Refill Your Backpack Hydration Reservoir from Water Bottles or Filters

Gear Hack: Refill Your Backpack Hydration Reservoir from Water Bottles or Filters

As I’ve explained before, I use hydration reservoirs almost exclusively over water bottles when I’m hiking. For me, I drink more, stay hydrated, and make better time along the trail when I can easily drink from the tube without stopping. One of the biggest challenges 

The Best Hiking Poles for the Camino de Santiago

The Best Hiking Poles for the Camino de Santiago

Hiking poles (or trekking poles, as they are known throughout much of the world) are one of the most hotly debated items for pilgrims on the Camino. Some peregrinos swear by them; others swear at them.   Let’s settle the debate quickly: Hiking poles are 

How To: Sleep Peacefully on the Camino de Santiago

How To: Sleep Peacefully on the Camino de Santiago

One of the more unique aspects of the Camino de Santiago is the system of pilgrim hostels established as accommodations along the way known as albergues.  Available exclusively to pilgrims, these facilities offer an inexpensive one-night stay option along The Way.   Generally, albergues provide 

How Much Does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

How Much Does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

When I began planning to walk my first Camino de Santiago, I found quite several guides on how to walk and details about the various routes. One resource I couldn’t find was how much does it cost to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. 

Key Differences Between the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena

Key Differences Between the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena

It is important for pilgrims to know that the Via Francigena is completely unlike the Camino de Santiago in many ways. Beyond the obvious difference in distance, the Via Francigena is a more European route. The customs and languages are much more varied and there 

A Beginners Guide to the Via Francigena

A Beginners Guide to the Via Francigena

One of the oldest published pilgrimage routes in Europe, the Via Francigena is largely overshadowed by the more popular Camino de Santiago through Spain. Following the historic route recorded by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Sigeric the Serious, to present himself to the Pope John XB 

Five Tips for Hiking the Florida Trail

Five Tips for Hiking the Florida Trail

Since 2018, I have been section hiking the Florida Trail, one of eleven congressionally-designated National Scenic Trails in the United States. At more than 1,300 miles, the FT has been called the “toughest hike you’ve never heard of” for its exceptionally diverse track over the 

Via Francigena Stages: Canterbury to Dover

Via Francigena Stages: Canterbury to Dover

The Via Francigena (the Road from France) is an ancient pilgrim route stretching across Europe from Canterbury, England, through France and Switzerland culminating in Rome, Italy. In places, the Via Francigena may be multiple paths but generally follows the route taken by the Archbishop of