It’s hard to believe 2017 is just a few weeks away. I’ve already started making travel plans for the new year. Have you? If you need some inspiration to get up and go, here are five more travel quotes guaranteed to make you want to book a ticket somewhere.
This week, things are busy, busy, busy as I prepare to fly to Michigan to spend the holidays with my family. It’s that crazy yet wonderful time of the year. I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone safe travels this season. Thank you for reading.
Your place in the world
Travel is priceless
Power and love
The journey changes you
What is your favorite travel quote? Let me know in the comments below!
In my November recap, I included a travel quote from actress Shirley MacLaine. Since then, I’ve been thinking about other travel quotes which inspire me. Between screenshots saved to my phone and an out-of-control Pinterest board, I have quite a few.
I had big plans to train and research, but then I went home to Michigan for the summer. Of course, summer always flys by. Before I knew it, I was back in Spain with the trip just days away.
Fortunately, it’s still possible to do the Camino without a ton of preparation. I’m living proof!
The Camino is refreshingly straightforward. Essentially, my trip itinerary was: walk, walk, walk, sleep then wake up and walk some more.
Many pilgrims agree part of the beauty of the Camino is its simplicity. So, embrace it (if you can)!
If you find yourself with the opportunity to walk but aren’t sure you’ve had enough time to prepare for the Camino de Santiago, read the following and take comfort in the fact that I managed over 200 kilometers with next to no prep. Perhaps you can too.*
*Before starting the Camino, please check with your doctor and clear the Camino with them before beginning. Like for real, I don’t want you to die.
Due to budget, I attempted to keep my Camino purchases to an absolute minimum. You could get lost in the forums discussing Camino gear. Major rabbit hole and some of us just don’t have time for that. I decided to keep my packing list as simple as possible. However, if you’re going to spend time on anything, spend time researching a backpack. The wrong backpack could potentially ruin your Camino.
Transportation and Accommodation
I purchased a round trip ticket between Madrid and Santiago de Compostela for the totality of my transportation preparation. Bus tickets for additional travel were purchased day-of. The tourist information desk at the Santiago airport was incredibly helpful.
As for accommodation, pilgrims walking the Camino stay in albergues. Municipal albergues, which are run by the local government, don’t accept reservations, which effectively eliminates planning out accommodation. At 6 euros per bed, municipal albergues are very popular among pilgrims. You better walk fast if you want a bed!
I want to start by saying this: walking should not be underestimated. Especially when you’re averaging 15 miles per day. Only consider undertaking the Camino “without preparation” if you already have a solid base level of fitness.
Just to give you an idea as to my level of physical fitness, I’m a runner who’s completed one marathon and several half marathons (my most recent in July 2016). In the months leading up to my Camino, I ran and biked regularly. I also did several two to three hour long walks around my neighborhood. The Sunday before my Camino, I went for a nine-mile hike in Madrid’s Casa de Campo.
Even though I’d spent the majority of the summer training for a half marathon, I still found the Camino incredibly challenging. In hindsight, I wish I would have done more walking/hiking with my backpack in order to simulate the Camino. If you shouldn’t underestimate walking, you most definitely shouldn’t underestimate walking whilst carrying a backpack.
I began my light Camino research back in June but never delved all that deep. This is shameful, but I never even watched Martin Sheen’s The Way, which everyone says is a fairly accurate depiction of daily Camino life.
I referenced the following resources aka they saved my life: