Adventure with ease: The Camino De Santiago

The Camino De Santiago (The Way of Saint James, in English) is one of the world's great long-distance walking routes. From its most popular starting point, the small French mountain town of St Jean Pied Du Port, the Camino is a five-hundred-mile trip that snakes through the entire width of northern Spain.


Its destination: the beautiful cathedral of Santiago De Compostela, one of the holiest sites in Christianity, the supposed resting place of Saint James the Apostle.

If this seems of interest to you, there are a number of ways to make the most of this adventure without either breaking the bank or over-complicating things.

There are a number of cheap flights to destinations all along the Camino. For example, if you want to begin at the most popular starting point, all that is needed is for you to find a cheap flight to Bayonne, then just get a bus or train to Saint Jean Pied Du Port and start walking.


If you don't have time to walk the whole 500 miles, there are flights to cities all along The Camino, such as Pamplona (famous for the Running of the Bulls), Leon, or Santiago De Compostela itself (though that would be cheating!).

As you will likely be carrying everything on your back the whole time (unless you invest in baggage services) it is important to pack light and not carry any unnecessary items. Due to the popularity of the Camino, towns and cities all along the route have shops enabling you to easily pick up gear or items you may need.

A few changes of light clothes, some basic medical gear, sun cream, sturdy walking shoes, and a sleeping bag is essentially all you need. There are many online guides with packing recommendations. But as there are so many cheap pilgrim hostels along the way, there is no need to invest in a tent or large backpack.


Resturants and cafes all along the Camino tend to have set menus for Pilgrims, these are usually full three-course meals packed with energy, aiding you on your journey. These are often cheaper than other meals you might find too. However, it might be a good idea to cook food along the way. It's commonplace for hostels to have kitchens. Therefore, cooking can be a cheaper and much more social way of eating during your journey.

Your Camino should be a repetition of three activities: walking, eating and sleeping. Anything else is an extra complication, so unless your heart is set on doing lots of things along the way, aim to keep it simple.

The Camino ultimately is not a difficult task. It's time-consuming (set a month aside, at least, depending on your route) and often painful, but infinitely impactful. You'll learn so much about yourself along the way, you'll do and experience things you could never have imagined, things that will make you grow as a person, things that will change how you see the world. And the best part? It's all just a flight ticket away.