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CAMINO 101:  How many days to walk the Camino de Santiago?

CAMINO 101: How many days to walk the Camino de Santiago?

From the Sacred Steps Podcast, pilgrim and author Kevin Donahue (http://sacredstepsbook.com​) answers the question, “How many days to walk the Camino de Santiago?” in the episode of CAMINO 101.   DISCUSSIONS IN THIS VIDEO: 0:00​ Introduction 0:23​ Sacred Steps Podcast 0:45​ The Camino Routes to 

PILGRIM RESOURCES FOR COVID-19

PILGRIM RESOURCES FOR COVID-19

Following the deadly outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, most pilgrimage plans along the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena were canceled or delayed in 2020.  If you are interested in a pilgrimage in the age of Covid, here are the restrictions to assist pilgrims walking 

The Way of Loreto Pilgrimage – Via Lauretana

The Way of Loreto Pilgrimage – Via Lauretana

The Via Lauretana – the Way of Loreto – is an ancient Italian Camino across Umbria from Assisi to the Holy House of Mary (Santa Casa di Loreto) in Loreto. A Marian pilgrimage, the Via Lauretana begins at the city of San Francesco and concludes at 

The Best Camino De Santiago Podcasts

The Best Camino De Santiago Podcasts

Whether you’re looking to learn about the Camino De Santiago or to connect with the global pilgrim community, podcasts are a great way to carry the Camino with you. Ranging from practical tips to inspiring and emotional pilgrim stories, these are the very best Camino 

Stages and Maps for Walking the Kumano Kodo – Nakahechi Route

Stages and Maps for Walking the Kumano Kodo – Nakahechi Route

For more than 1,000 years, pilgrims have gathered to walk the Kumano Kodo (熊野古道) through the tranquil Kii Mountains in Japan.   At the center of this religious area are the three Kumano shrines: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha, and Nachi Taisha, collectively known as Kumano 

A Beginner’s Guide to the Kumano Kodo

A Beginner’s Guide to the Kumano Kodo

For over 1,000 years, people from all levels of society have journeyed to the tranquil Kii Mountains in Japan, following the many pilgrimage routes to the revered Kumano Sanzan Shrines. The Kumano Kodo (熊野古道), comprised of seven routes to the region’s holy shrines, is one 

The Best Hiking Backpacks for Children

The Best Hiking Backpacks for Children

With more families looking to rediscover the great outdoors, interest in hiking and backpacking trips with children seems to be growing exponentially.

Walking the Last 100KM of the Camino de Santiago

Walking the Last 100KM of the Camino de Santiago

For many pilgrims, the commitment of time required or the physical demands of walking the entirety of the Camino de Santiago may not be possible. However, pilgrims may receive the Compostela (Pilgrim Certificate) by walking at least the last 100km to Santiago de Compostela.

2021: Holy Jubilee Year for the Camino de Santiago

2021: Holy Jubilee Year for the Camino de Santiago

Following a year which saw the fewest pilgrims arriving in Santiago de Compostela in more than a decade due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, many are preparing to walk the Way in what will be a very special and important year: the 2021 Holy Year 

Key Differences between the California Missions Trail and Camino de Santiago

Key Differences between the California Missions Trail and Camino de Santiago

With more Americans walking the Camino de Santiago and looking for a Camino walk in the United States, the California Missions Trail has begun to draw more pilgrims seeking a pilgrimage walk in America.

HOW TO: Follow Trail Markers and Trail Blazes in Europe

HOW TO: Follow Trail Markers and Trail Blazes in Europe

As an experienced backpacker in the United States, I’m well-acquainted with how to read and follow trail blazes in North America. However, when I started hiking distance routes and trails in Europe,

Packing List:  Backpacking Gear for England’s Pilgrims’ Way

Packing List: Backpacking Gear for England’s Pilgrims’ Way

I was first drawn to England’s ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket following my 2019 Camino de Santiago. With my eyes set towards Europe’s Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome, I learned the history the Pilgrims’ Way from both Winchester and 

Review: Osprey Exos 58L Backpack

Review: Osprey Exos 58L Backpack

If I could only buy one backpack for all my varied hiking needs, it would be the Osprey Exos. Dollar-for-dollar and pound-for-pound, this go-anywhere, carry-anything pack remains one of the best (if not the singular best) backpack you can buy for the trail or distance 

How To Read and Follow Trail Blazes in North America

How To Read and Follow Trail Blazes in North America

For many beginning hikers, the excitement of exploring a great trail is often tempered by anxiety about becoming lost along the way. However, you don’t have to be intimidated by the National Scenic Trail system or worried that you’ll be lost. Nearly every public trail 

The Best Months to Hike the Florida Trail

The Best Months to Hike the Florida Trail

Planning to hike 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 

The Ultimate Backpacking Gear List for Hiking the Florida Trail

The Ultimate Backpacking Gear List 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