Welcome to the “YOU on the Camino” Podcast!

Thanks for stopping by The Camino Experience! I have a podcast for first-time pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, and I am looking for some guests.

It’s not just for first-time pilgrims, it’s also about first-time pilgrims, so I am looking to talk with people who have not yet walked one of the Camino routes.

Is that you? I can’t wait to talk with you! Click on the button below to get started . . .

Wishing you a beautiful Camino journey!

~ Nancy

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For and about first-time pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France, and Portugal,





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? Most importantly, why would you walk the Camino? What experience are you seeking?



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.



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?



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 a six-week, 500 miles adventure in France and Spain on her own.



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.



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.



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?



Walk with us as Amanda prepares for her walk on the Camino Português and learn how she went from hiring a company to plan 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 have a smooth trip as they shared the journey from Porto to Santiago de Compostela.



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.




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.



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.



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.



All About Albergues

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!



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!



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.



Episode 17 YOU on the Camino Podcast

Thank you for joining me for Season One! Sixteen episodes, more than 2,700 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.