“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” –St. Francis of Assisi
People frequently ask, regarding walking the Camino de Santiago, “How do I get started? What do I do first?”
Here’s how I got started in the winter of 2014…
- I read everything I could online about the Camino for two weeks (after seeing the documentary, “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago“, which is how I became inspired to make this journey)
- Made sure my passport was up-t0-date
- Bought a plane ticket that allowed me to stay 38 days in Spain
- Started haunting the local REI (outdoor equipment store) and trying on shoe after shoe after shoe
- Bought shoes, wore them hiking, then returned them until I found the right pair for me (it felt wasteful but the people at REI encouraged me to do it; that’s what their annual garage sales are for)
- Tried out different sleep systems, returned them until I found what worked for me; continued to research (getting the bulk of the information I needed in online forums)
- Booked a bed at Albergue Corazon Puro for my first night in Spain
- Booked a bed at Refuge Orisson for the first night of my Camino
- Let go and trusted
Five months later, I found myself taking my first step on the Camino Francés in St. Jean Pied de Port, France….
How did you get started? Let us know in the comments!