Author: Kevin Donahue

Beginner’s Guide to the Way of St. Francis (Via di Francesco)

Beginner’s Guide to the Way of St. Francis (Via di Francesco)

The Way of St Francis in Italy, also known as the Via di Francesco or the Cammino di Francesco, links cherished sites that bear witness to the life and teachings of St. Francis of Assisi from Tuscany, Umbria, and Lazio. Beginning at the Sanctuary of 

THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TRAVEL GUIDE & MUST VISIT PLACES !

THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO TRAVEL GUIDE & MUST VISIT PLACES !

The most popular months are July and August, though they can be uncomfortably hot with burnt vegetation. The ideal months to walk the Camino de Santiago are May-June and September, when the weather is nice, downpours are less common, and you’ll have plenty of companionship 

Charging your Phone, Headphones, and Battery on the Camino de Santiago

Charging your Phone, Headphones, and Battery on the Camino de Santiago

For an extended pilgrimage, such as the Camino de Santiago or the Via Francigena, keeping your phone battery and devices charged can be very important. Not only will you want to charge your batteries for photos and videos, but keeping your smartphone battery charged can 

Online Compostela Requests for the Camino de Santiago – 2022

Online Compostela Requests for the Camino de Santiago – 2022

If you’re walking the Camino de Santiago in the COVID-era, it’s important to know that the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago de Compostela has implemented a new online application option for the Compostela. Intended to better manage the flow of pilgrims requesting recognition for their journey, 

Via Francigena Packing List – Updated 2022

Via Francigena Packing List – Updated 2022

With travel permitted to Italy during COVID, in Spring 2022 I will walk sections of the Via Francigena to Rome, completing the final sections of the route I began in 2021 at Canterbury Cathedral in England. Throughout my journey, I intend to sleep in hostels 

Earning the Testimonium on the Via Francigena

Earning the Testimonium on the Via Francigena

Are you walking the Via Francigena and interested in earning the pilgrim’s certificate for completing the way? Pilgrims who walk the last 100km along the Via Francigena (or those who cycle the last 200km of the route) can earn the Testimonium upon arrival at St. 

CAMINO 101:  HOW TO PREVENT BLISTERS HIKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

CAMINO 101: HOW TO PREVENT BLISTERS HIKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

One of the biggest concerns for pilgrims and backpackers is: How to Prevent Blisters While Backpacking the Camino de Santiago? In this video from the Sacred Steps Camino 101 series, author Kevin Donahue (www.sacredstepsbook.com) shares his three-step system that has prevented blisters in his pilgrimage 

CAMINO 101: The Pilgrim Routes on the Camino de Santiago

CAMINO 101: The Pilgrim Routes on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is a network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In this short video, we explore five popular routes, including 

2021 British Pilgrimage Packing List

2021 British Pilgrimage Packing List

With COVID pandemic restrictions lifted in the U.K. for vaccinated travelers, in late September and early October 2021 I will walk three historic pilgrim pathways in England: the Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury, the English leg of the Via Francigena from Canterbury to Dover, 

CAMINO 101: Five Mobile Phone Apps for Pilgrims Walking the Camino de Santiago

CAMINO 101: Five Mobile Phone Apps for Pilgrims Walking the Camino de Santiago

What are the best smartphone apps for walking the Camino de Santiago? In this CAMINO 101 video, author Kevin Donahue (http://www.sacredstepsbook.com) explores five essential iPhone and Android apps for pilgrims walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago.   PILGRIMS: Subscribe and watch more of our CAMINO 101 

CAMINO 101: Should you take a sleeping bag on the Camino de Santiago?

CAMINO 101: Should you take a sleeping bag on the Camino de Santiago?

Considering the Camino de Santiago but not sure if you should take a sleeping bag for your pilgrimage in Spain? In this Camino 101 video, we’re answering the question for pilgrims and cold sleepers on the Camino de Santiago.     DISCUSSIONS IN THIS VIDEO: 

CAMINO 101:  The Pilgrim Passport

CAMINO 101: The Pilgrim Passport

Pilgrim, backpacker, and author Kevin Donahue (http://sacredstepsbook.com) discusses the pilgrim passport and how to document your journey along the Camino de Santiago, Via Francigena, and other pilgrim pathways in Spain, Portugal, and throughout Europe.   PILGRIMS: View more CAMINO 101 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDWimWfrqpnRyOnGgl5eFn75JB4MZBlGV   DISCUSSIONS IN 

CAMINO 101:  3-Month Training Plan for Walking the Camino De Santiago

CAMINO 101: 3-Month Training Plan for Walking the Camino De Santiago

Pilgrim, backpacker, and author Kevin Donahue (http://sacredstepsbook.com) gives a three-month training guide for Training to Walk the Camino de Santiago as well as five tips for how to prepare physically for a pilgrimage walk in Spain, Portugal, and France.     PILGRIMS: View more CAMINO 

CAMINO 101: How Much does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

CAMINO 101: How Much does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

Pilgrim, backpacker, and author Kevin Donahue (http://sacredstepsbook.com​) answers the question, “How Much does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago? “and tips for budgeting your pilgrimage through France, Spain, or Portugal to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago. CAMINO 101 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…​ 

CAMINO 101: How to Sleep Comfortably on the Camino de Santiago

CAMINO 101: How to Sleep Comfortably on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrim and author Kevin Donahue (http://sacredstepsbook.com​​​) gives four tips on how to sleep comfortably on the Camino de Santiago on this episode of Camino 101.   CAMINO 101 Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…​   DISCUSSIONS IN THIS VIDEO: 0:00​​​ Introduction 0:23​​​ Sacred Steps Podcast 0:56​​ How to Sleep 

CAMINO 101: What is an Albergue and Where Do I Sleep on the Camino de Santiago?

CAMINO 101: What is an Albergue and Where Do I Sleep on the Camino de Santiago?

Pilgrim and author Kevin Donahue (http://sacredstepsbook.com​​) answers the question, “What is an Albergue and Where Do I Sleep on the Camino de Santiago?” in the episode of CAMINO 101.   DISCUSSIONS IN THIS VIDEO: 0:00​​ Introduction 0:23​​ Sacred Steps Podcast 0:56​ What is an Albergue?