YOU on the Camino de Santiago

For and about first time pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in Spain - whether your flights are booked and you have a start date, or if you have just now heard of the Camino, this podcast will walk with you as you take your first steps of preparing, planning, and starting your Camino experience. Guide and long-time pilgrim Nancy Reynolds shares her 17 years of experience walking the Camino and leading 13 small groups on the Camino Francés - plus interviews with new pilgrims getting ready for their first ever Camino walks.

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Tuesday Aug 02, 2022

For and about first-time pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, this podcast takes you from idea . . . to saying YES! . . . to your first steps on the Camino trail. Whether you will walk in Spain, France, or Portugal, this podcast gives you a planning roadmap and practical tips, plus heartwarming and helpful stories from others who, like you, are getting ready for their first-ever pilgrimage on the Camino. Would you like to be a guest on this podcast? Visit #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Aug 09, 2022

In this episode we will explore some basic questions: What is the Camino? Why do people walk the Camino? What does it mean to “do” the Camino? And what is it like, what is the experience of walking the Camino? And we will get personal – why would you walk the Camino? What experience are you seeking? Learn more about the Camino de Santiago and about being a guest on this podcast here: #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Aug 16, 2022

Bed bugs, luggage transport, finding food . . . it's all part of the Camino experience! Join me for a conversation with soon-to-be-pilgrim Grace from Queens, New York, as she prepares to walk the Caminho Português. For more information about the Camino de Santiago and this podcast, please visit #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Aug 23, 2022

If you are planning to walk the Camino de Santiago, you are going to be asking your feet to do something extraordinary. You are about to put them to the greatest test they likely will ever be put to. How do you prepare your feet for this strenuous journey? With the right socks and boots, and more importantly, by getting your feet - and your body - fully acquainted with your Camino footwear. Here is the link for the article on how to lace your hiking boots, as promised in this episode:  And you can learn more about the Camino de Santiago here: #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Aug 30, 2022

What are your fears and concerns about walking the Camino? Kathie shares her on-trail concerns and also how she addresses the concerns of her husband and kids as she heads off on her own on a six-week, 500 mile adventure in France and Spain. Kathie will be staying at Refuge Orisson her first night on the trail. Advance reservations are highly recommended, and you can get yours on their website: To learn more about the Camino, who walks it, and how it works to walk the pilgrimage, please visit: #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Sep 06, 2022

What are you really asking when you ask, when is the best time to walk the Camino? Find out in this episode as we explore the many factors that will determine the best time for your Camino journey. As promised in this episode, here are the websites I use to book my ground transportation to my Camino starting point and from my ending point back to my airport departure city. *Note that train timetables and tickets sometimes are not available until 30 to 60 days before departure. To get an idea of what will be available on your travel date, check the same day of the week but within two to three weeks of today’s date. To book trains within Spain: To book buses within Spain, specifically from Madrid to points on the Camino and from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: To book trains within France: To book trains and buses in Europe: For those thinking of walking in the winter months, check out this resource from American pilgrim Anne Born: Buen Camino: Tips From a WINTER Pilgrim. You can buy the book by following this link to my ever-expanding guidebook and product page: And to learn more about the Camino de Santiago: #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast  

Tuesday Sep 13, 2022

Is the Camino on your "bucket list"? If yes, how is it similar and different from other items on the list? And what does that mean, really? Abbi from Santa Cruz, California is taking on one of her bucket list items when she starts her walk on the Camino Francés in mid-September, and we had a chance to explore these questions when we talked in early August.  At that time Abbi was in the middle of a serious competition to select the perfect backpack. Which one won? And the bigger question, will Abbi return home after walking the Camino, or will this be the start of something entirely new?  Would you like to be a guest on the "YOU on the Camino" podcast? If you are getting ready to walk your first Camino, I would love to talk with you! Take the next step here: #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Sep 20, 2022

How many days does it take to walk the Camino de Santiago? Well, that depends! Which route? And how long do you want to spend walking the Camino? That's a whole other question, isn't it? Here are the questions I pose at the end of this episode: What would constitute a ‘real pilgrimage’ by your standards? How much time do you want to take for your Camino? How many miles or kilometers will you need to walk each day to complete the walk in that time frame? Is that doable, or will you need to adjust your timing or expectation? How much time do you want in your starting and ending points? How many rest days will you plan for? When you add it all up, how does it feel? In case you are ready to pick up a guidebook for your walk, here are the most popular ones: And here is the website from this episode's top tip:   #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Sep 27, 2022

Pilgrim Amanda is about to take her first steps on the Caminho Português as this episode goes live! Walk with us through her preparations and how she went from hiring a company to planning everything to using her super powers to do it herself. Amanda also shares with us the "ground rules" she and her walking partner came up with the ensure they had a smooth trip as they shared the journey from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

This episode could be considered Episode 8b, as it follows up on the discussion from Episode 8, "How Long Does it Take". From Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, you have many choices for where to start your journey on the Camino Francés. In this episode, I will walk you through the most likely starting points and how to get to each one. I refer to a bunch of online resources - too many to list in this space - so I have compiled a list of all those websites here. And if you would like to be a guest on this podcast, please let me know here.   #youonthecamino #caminodesantiago #firsttimepilgrim #thecaminoexperience #caminopodcast


YOU on the Camino de Santiago

With guide and long-time pilgrim,
Nancy Reynolds of
The Camino Experience

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