YOU on the Camino de Santiago

You want to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain but where do you start? What is your first step in preparing and planning for such a big undertaking? Whether you have just now heard of the Camino, or if your flights are booked and you have a start date, 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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Episodes

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 https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast/
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#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
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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: https://thecaminoexperience.com/
#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 https://thecaminoexperience.com/
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#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
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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: https://explorerchick.com/journal/how-to-lace-boots-for-hiking/ 
And you can learn more about the Camino de Santiago here: https://thecaminoexperience.com/
#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: https://refuge-orisson.com/en/
To learn more about the Camino, who walks it, and how it works to walk the pilgrimage, please visit: https://thecaminoexperience.com
#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: https://www.renfe.com/es/en
To book buses within Spain, specifically from Madrid to points on the Camino and from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port: https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home
To book trains within France: https://www.sncf.com/en
To book trains and buses in Europe: https://www.omio.com/
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:  https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-product-links/
And to learn more about the Camino de Santiago: https://thecaminoexperience.com/
#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: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-2/
#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: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-product-links/
And here is the website from this episode's top tip: https://matrix.itasoftware.com/search
 
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#thecaminoexperience
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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.
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#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

Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

What does it mean to be brave for yourself? As Pilgrim Kathy prepares to walk the Camino del Norte in 2023, she shares about her regrets, fears, and being her own super hero.  
We also cover a wide variety of practical pilgrim-centric topics, such as travel insurance, checking a bag on the airplane, how and when to find food on the Camino, and the contributions the hospitaleros, or hospitality hosts, make to the pilgrims.
And as promised, here is the website where you can follow the statistics for pilgrims reaching Santiago and receiving the Compostela certificates here: http://oficinadelperegrino.com/en/
And also as promised, here are the addresses for those two gorgeous laundromats in Santiago:
Rúa das Hortas, 10 and Rúa de San Clemente, 18, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast
 

Tuesday Oct 18, 2022

When you imagine yourself on the Camino, who is there?  Are you on your own? Is your spouse or partner there with you? Are you with a big group of your favorite people, perhaps family, perhaps not?
The question of who are you doing this with is, I think, broader than it appears at first glance. That’s because there are so many parts to getting ready for and walking the Camino, and so many points at which you may want or need someone to do it with you.
This episode of the “YOU on the Camino de Santiago” podcast has a lot of detailed information to assist you as you determine with whom you will walk the Camino. Click here for the promised lists of questions and other resources discussed in this episode.
And click here to get all the details about starting your Camino with Nancy and the "Just Get Me Started" program.
*This episode is dedicated to my dear friend, Heidi Fowler, who is blessing me by bearing witness to my journey and allowing me to bear witness to hers.
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast
 

Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

From the kindness of strangers to gaining an expanded sense of community to being connected to centuries of history - there is so much to be discovered and experienced by walking the Camino de Santiago.
Join me in this poignant and uplifting conversation with Kimberly as she explores the possibility of someday being a pilgrim on the Camino in Spain or Portugal.
And for all of you first-time or someday-pilgrims, would you like to be a guest on Season Two of this podcast? I would love to hear from you! Please visit this page on my website - The Camino Experience
To learn more about starting your Camino experience with the "Just Get Me Started" program, please visit this page.
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

Where do pilgrims sleep on the Camino?
In this episode I give a full run-down on the what, the where, and the how-they-work of the pilgrim’s hostels, or albergues, on the Camino. And I explore the other sleeping options, in case sleeping in shared dorm rooms isn’t for you.
What about the idea that the albergues are the heart of the pilgrim community, and that true pilgrims stay only in the albergues? Let’s talk about that, too!
Resources
Websites with up-to-date lists of albergues:
 - Gronze: https://www.gronze.com/
 - Eroski Consumer: https://caminodesantiago.consumer.es/
Camino Apps:
 - Camino Ninja
 - Wise Pilgrim
 - Buen Camino
To discover the Spanish Parador Hotels: https://www.parador.es/en
Correction: According to the list of albergues handed out by the Pilgrim's Office in Saint Jean Pied de Port, roughly 40% of the albergues on the Camino Francés are open all year (not roughly half, as mentioned).
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

On the first day of my first Camino walk, I covered 17 kilometers powered only by pastries. Why? Because I had no idea where and, more importantly, when to find food in Spain.
Eating on the Camino can be an adventure in and of itself. Here are some tips to help you find your way along the culinary path, as well as some cost estimates to put into your Camino budget.
İBuen provecho!
Resources for Vegans and Vegetarians
Happy Cow: https://www.happycow.net/ (Also available as an app.)
Facebook groups:
 - Vegetarians and Vegans on the Camino: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202518663576649 
 - Camino de Santiago – Veg, Vegetarians and Vegans: https://www.facebook.com/groups/495320257539618
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast
 

Tuesday Nov 15, 2022

How much does it cost to walk the Camino? How does the amount you spend for your pilgrimage influence, or even determine the experience you will have on the Camino?
Or from another perspective, think of the experience you want: how much will that cost?
Let's answer these questions as we put together your Camino budget.
Here are the resources mentioned in this episode:
For some sample budgets and a template for creating your own Camino budget, check out this page on my website.
To review the options and costs for sleeping and eating on the Camino, check out Episodes 14 & 15, plus these pages on my website:
 - Eating on the Camino
 - Sleeping on the Camino
For all the websites to use to shop for flights, buses, trains, and taxis, go to this webpage.
To compare and shop for travel insurance polices, check out https://www.squaremouth.com/
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

Thank you for joining me for Season One! Sixteen episodes, more than 2,800 downloads, and listeners from more than 40 countries . . . my global heart is so happy.
In this episode I share with you what I am working on for you for next year, and then I give you a wrap up of Season One. By now you should have a pretty solid Camino plan coming together.
I also give you a preview of Season Two and ask for your input on which topics are most important to you as you plan and prepare for your upcoming Camino pilgrimage.
Here are all the links I mentioned:
  > Tell me what you want for Season Two, which starts in late January: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-questionnaire/
  > Donate to the podcast production fund (or buy me a coffee or two!): https://thecaminoexperience.com/donate/
  > Be a guest on this podcast: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-2/
  > Send me a note: youonthecamino@gmail.com
  > Find out why you would join one of my “Just Get Me Started” groups: https://thecaminoexperience.com/just-get-me-started/
  
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#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

SEVEN STEPS TO TRANSPORTING LUGGAGE
Episode 1a: The first two of the seven steps.
You may have heard that you can send your luggage along the Camino as you walk, using a transport service, but I bet you have some questions about how, exactly, the services works. Yes?
In this episode I give you the whole story, broken down into seven easy to manage steps.
Why you would use the luggage transport services, how to use them, which company to use, and more.
WEBSITES & DETAILS
For transporting luggage and shipping and storing items in Santiago de Compostela:
https://thecaminoexperience.com/you-on-the-camino-podcast-s1ep1-notes/
BE A GUEST ON THIS PODCAST!
Let's spend some time together talking about your Camino dreams and answering your most urgent questions. Let me know you are interested here: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-guest-request-form/
 
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT?
Let me know here: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-questionnaire/
HERE IS THE LINK FOR PART TWO of this episode.
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#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

SEVEN STEPS TO TRANSPORTING LUGGAGE
Episode 1b: Steps Four to Seven
You may have heard that you can send your luggage along the Camino as you walk, using a transport service, but I bet you have some questions about how, exactly, the services works. Yes?
In this episode I give you the whole story, broken down into seven easy to manage steps.
Why you would use the luggage transport services, how to use them, which company to use, and more.
WEBSITES & DETAILS
For transporting luggage and shipping and storing items in Santiago de Compostela:
https://thecaminoexperience.com/you-on-the-camino-podcast-s1ep1-notes/
BE A GUEST ON THIS PODCAST!
Let's spend some time together talking about your Camino dreams and answering your most urgent questions. Let me know you are interested here: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-guest-request-form/
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT?
What would you like to hear about in future episodes? Let me know here: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-questionnaire/
 
#youonthecamino
#caminodesantiago
#firsttimepilgrim
#thecaminoexperience
#caminopodcast

2 days ago

PACKING FOR THE CAMINO
What do you really need to take with you when you walk the Camino? How much should your pack weigh? What happens if you take too much stuff?
Pilgrim David Guiterrez shares how he answered these questions while walking the Camino Francés. There is some solid packing wisdom in this episode!
 
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
David shared with us about his upcoming fundraiser to build awareness about the Camino and his mission work with Damien House in Ecuador. Damien house serves people with Hansen's disease (leprosy), giving them love and medical care as they navigate life under the stigma of this disease.
David is co-hosting a dinner on February 11, 2022, to raise money for Damien House. He and 30 other pilgrims will also be sharing with the attendees how the Camino impacted their lives and is leading them to make a bigger difference in their communities and the world.
If you would like to make a financial donation in support of this organization, please go here: http://www.thedamienhouse.org/index.html Donations welcome at any time.
 
BE A GUEST ON THIS PODCAST
Would you like to share your experience of getting ready to walk the Camino de Santiago and receive some personalized guidance on your planning and preparations?
If you have not yet walked a Camino and would like to be a guest on this podcast, please let me know you are interested here: https://thecaminoexperience.com/podcast-guest-request-form/
 
COME WALK WITH ME!
If you would like assistance getting started on your Camino journey or if you would like to join Nancy on the trail in May or September, visit https://thecaminoexperience.com/ to take your first steps.
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YOU on the Camino de Santiago

With guide and long-time pilgrim,
Nancy Reynolds of
The Camino Experience
www.thecaminoexperience.com
@youonthecaminodesantiago

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