5 Reasons Why You Should Walk The Camino De Santiago

There are innumerable reasons why you should walk the Camino de Santiago—not just five. However, here at Camino English we’ve decided that five reasons are a good enough place to start because ten is too many and three might be too few.

These five reasons could be broken down further into smaller, more parts if you really wanted, but they are simple and memorable as they are. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see that the acronym is SLEEP, which is what you will surely be crying out for more than once on the Camino. It’s worth it, though. Trust us.

 
 
 
 
 
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1. Spend Time, Not Money

If you really want to, you can spend thousands of dollars, pounds, or euros on the Camino de Santiago by going all out on your accommodation, your transfers, your guides, sherpas, and equipment. But it’s not all necessary.

Also, it sort of goes against the nature and purpose of the Camino.

Rather, the Camino (along with all other multi-day walking holidays) offers pilgrims and walkers the most valuable of all resources: time.

On the Camino you will find yourself with time to spend thinking, talking, aching, laughing, crying and thinking, again. You will wonder while you wander and feel time slow to a crawl and fly by.

Although it might happen on some occasions, it is a rare occurrence on the Camino to feel rushed, pressured, or out of time. And if you do feel any of these things, you will need to ask yourself: is it the Camino or is it me?

If there is one thing I learnt while on the Camino, is that there is always time to slow down, to stop, breathe and to take a good look around.

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Learn

Experience is the best teacher.

And on the Camino, there are hundreds of moments you can learn from.

One of our favourite things to learn on every holiday is a bit of language and on the Camino, there is no shortage of walkers and pilgrims from around the world to learn from.

You can learn new words, vocabulary, and expressions from the people you meet and although you won’t become the most advanced speaker of English (or Spanish, French, Basque, Portuguese, Korean, or Japanese) this way, you will pick up bits and pieces and be eager to try them as soon as you can.

What else can you learn while walking the Camino de Santiago?

3. Escape And Connect

Break free!

You don’t have to do things the way others do. You don’t have to go on the same holidays either. Instead, you can escape the world in which you live and disconnect from it for a few weeks.

Why?

It might just be what the doctor ordered.

Escape and get away from it all. Put behind you the failures, heartbreaks, lies and disappointments you’ve experienced. Leave them in your office or at home.

The Camino offers all of its pilgrims and walkers the opportunity to leave everything behind and, even if it is just for a moment, to move forward. It might not sound like much, but when the only baggage you’re carrying is a backpack, you soon see how far you can get just one step at a time.

4. Explore

Learn to explore.

Go on and explore the outside world: the mountains and valleys, rivers and seas, the paths and shelters along the way. Explore the food and culture of the places you pass through because it will enthrall you with its beauty and majesty. It will also surprise you and leave you breathless.

With just a bag on your back and your feet to guide you, there are only a few places you cannot go.

But also, explore yourself. It’s not every day you get to spend so much time with yourself. While on the Camino, and even if you do not try, you will find yourself thinking about yourself: who are you and where are you going?

You might answer “To Santiago de Compostela” but are you? Really? Go on, dig deeper.

5. Push Limits

You have what it takes to make it all the way to Santiago de Compostela.

However, there may be moments where just the thought of waking up again before sunrise hurts. Or, your feet are blistered and cramping from walking over 20 kilometres per day.

That’s okay. It’s normal and you will not be alone. You might have to give up on your walk and tackle the Camino de Santiago another time.

But actually, can you go on? Is the voice inside of your head that is saying to stop, to give up, is it true and honest? Is it really what you want or is it you convincing yourself that the sofa at home is where you would rather be?

It might be a bit of both but the most important thing to remember here is that the sofa at home will feel that much better if you were to push on a little farther, a little longer, a little harder.

Walk one more day. Sleep one more night. Take it one day at a time.

You are capable of so much more and the Camino de Santiago is one of the places you are able to prove that you are.

 
 
 
 
 
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What was your reason for walking the Camino?

Are you planning on walking the Camino de Santiago but don’t know which route to take? No problem. Jump over here and read which way is right for you.

(Featured image: Photo by Damien DUFOUR Photographie on Unsplash)

August 3, 2020
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