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1 - Is the Camino open now with COVID? - It looks like some people who live in Spain have started to walk the Camino again. Two people were recorded finishing yesterday by the Oficina del Peregrino in the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Those were the first pilgrims recorded since March. I am not sure if foreigners are welcome yet. For me, I would not plan to go this year. I will wait to see that more pilgrims are going and the hostels are open along the way.
2 - What is the best time of year to go? - I avoid the busiest months of August and September. I have walked in April, June, and July and enjoyed those experiences. I would recommend October and May too. I would avoid walking in December and January because some of the hostels will be closed for the season.
3 – Which is the best path to walk? – The answer depends on what you want. If you want to meet many other pilgrims from all over the world, the French Way is the most popular. The Portuguese Way is the second most popular. The English Way is short and less busy. The Camino Finistera is nice too. I have not walked the Camino Norte yet, but I hear that it is more scenic and difficult but nice. My favorite parts of all the Caminos I have walked have been the first two weeks from St Jean Pied de Port to Burgos on the Camino Frances.
4 – Can you ride a bicycle? – About 5 percent of people finished the Camino on a bicycle last year. Bicycle riders have to bicycle 200 kilometers to get a Compostela. I considered riding a bike my first time but I am glad I decided to walk instead. I think walkers have a much more social experience.
5 – How physically difficult is the trail? – Walking 25 kilometers (15 miles) per day is not easy but you do not have to be an athlete to do it. About 20 percent of people who completed the trail last year were over age 60. If you can walk one kilometer, you can probably walk 10 kilometers if you work at it. If you can walk 10 kilometers, you can probably walk 25 kilometers if you work at it. If you can walk 25 kilometers one day, you can walk 25 kilometers day after day if you work at it. You have all day to do it. The hardest day I have had is walking over the Pyrenes Mountains on the first day from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles. My phone told me it 49,000 steps and 380 floors climbed that day. Some people skip that day and start in Roncesvalles or Pamplona. Some people take that day in two parts by stopping at the one hostel midway in Orisson.
6 – Do people walk the Camino alone? – Yes, many people walk the Camino alone. The trail is well marked, so it is easy to follow without a guide. It is easy to make friends with other pilgrims along the way. I always feel safe walking on the Camino. You have to be smart, of course. I watch for pickpockets in the cities. I feel most safe when I am walking a trail where I know other pilgrims are not far behind me. Pilgrims help each other. People who live along the trail are generally supportive too. I have seen many women walking the Camino alone on the French Way.
7 – Do you have to take a tent? – No, at least on the trails I have been on. The trail is so old there are villages all along with hostels, Airbnb, hotels, and inns. The hostels for pilgrims are often 10-25 Euros a night.
8 – Do you have to stay in hostels? – People share rooms and bathrooms in the hostals. Some pilgrims love that because it makes it easy to meet other pilgrims. Some people do not want to share a bedroom or bathroom. Maybe they want privacy. Maybe the want to avoid the people who snore. There are usually private rooms along the Camino in hotels and inns. They are more expensive.
9 – Do you have to take a month off to walk the Camino? – No, many people walk the Camino one or two weeks at a time. Many start 100 kilometers from Santiago so they qualify for the Compostela. Walking the whole Camino Frances over 32 days is a special experience that I recommend if you do have the time.
10 – What is the most important equipment to have? – Good shoes and socks are most important. I use hiking shoes with support for my ankles. Some people walk in running shoes. I wear lightweight pants and shirts that are easy to wash and dry. I use a pole. A good hat and sunscreen are important. A good backpack with is important. There are services that will carry your baggage for you if you do not want to use a backpack.
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"Boost your career with 2017’s best business books... I was intrigued this year by a new genre: Books inspired by walking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Europe... On the back of the passport, which is used to get stamps as each stage of the walk is completed, (Prince) noticed seven simple reminders of things pilgrims should do while on the Camino, which he used as the framework for his book The Camino Way, since they applied to work as well.... You don't need to walk the Camino to take those lessons into your own life."— The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest newspaper
"Books in business: What are Australia’s corporate captains reading?... (BUPA Australia chief Richard Bowden) is planning a five-day walk through Spain later this year so has Victor Prince’s The Camino Way to see what he is in for."
— The Herald Sun, Australia's largest newspaper
"Prince’s is both a highly engaging story and a remarkably effective way to communicate business lessons... In this first-person narrative, Prince recounts his adventure, but unlike the typical travel diary, The Camino Way brilliantly draws continuous connections between the Camino, which started as a religious pilgrimage hundreds of years ago, and contemporary business leadership."
— Foreword Reviews, an independent book review magazine
"One of 6 books to read this month for a healthy dose of motivation... A leadership consultant and speaker, Victor Prince was a hard-driven and competitive businessman when a friend challenged him to undertake the 500-mile walk. By the end, he had become relaxed, kinder and more effective. He shares his insights and applies them to seven important leadership lessons."
— SUCCESS Magazine, serving small business entrepreneurs
"Drawing on personal experiences and interviews with nearly 100 other pilgrims, Prince clearly and deftly blends his travelogue with management advice in the form of “seven simple leadership lessons.” He also provides a “How to Do This at Work” section for each lesson. getAbstract recommends this captivating read to armchair travelers and to those seeking to enhance their leadership skills through personal growth."
— getAbstract, a book summary service founded in 1999
"Prince’s newest, The Camino Way: Lessons in Leadership From a Walk Across Spain, distills insights from his trek along the Camino el Santiago—an ancient 500-mile-long road traversed by pilgrims for centuries—into tangible business strategies."
— Chicago Reader
"4.5/5.0 stars - The mystical power of the Camino de Santiago is captured in a provocative way by Prince in this part-travel, part-leadership lessons book... Undoubtedly readers will be inspired by Prince’s expedition and perhaps will even ponder their own Camino discovery. The Camino Way is a unique perspective for a leadership book, and readers will be stimulated to be more thoughtful about their own lives, as well as those that they lead."
— Portland Book Review
"The author of this interesting, unique book is an experienced executive and consultant. In this very clearly written book, he explains what leadership is from traveling on foot 500 miles across the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and talking to people along the way... It is appropriate for undergraduate and graduate business students as well as managers of for-profit and nonprofit organizations."
— Choice, the magazine of professional librarians
“What began as a competitive trek became an amazing adventure and career game-changer... offers inspiring examples and practical suggestions.”
— The Retail Observer
"The camino has spawned a multitude of books and blogs. Victor Prince has taken a novel approach. He has gathered reflections from a cross section of pilgrims and distilled this wisdom to provide lessons in leadership. Whether that leadership is in business or life in general, we could all benefit from the advice it contains.”
— John Brierley, author of A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago and other bestselling travel books
"Victor Prince’s follow up to Lead Inside the Box is a much different, but equally original, book on leadership. In The Camino Way, Victor shares lessons from an extraordinary experience that can help other leaders in their everyday work. I strongly recommend it."
— Robert J. Herbold, Chief Operating Officer (retired), Microsoft Corporation
"A thousand year old hiking trail across Spain is a uniquely interesting setting for a book on leadership. It's a great read with valuable lessons for anyone looking to become a better leader, professionally and personally.”
"I'll probably never walk the Camino, but I feel like I did after reading this book. What a fresh take on leadership!"
— Suzanne Tager, Senior Director, Retail and Consumer Goods Practice, Bain & Company