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  • The Camino Way on the Camino (French Route)
    The Camino Way on the Camino (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Zubiri and Pamplona
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Zubiri and Pamplona
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Puente la Reina and Estella
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Puente la Reina and Estella
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Los Arcos and Najera
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Los Arcos and Najera
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean and Roncesvalles
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) from St Jean to Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) from St Jean to Roncesvalles
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) after Pamplona
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) after Pamplona
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Logrono and Najera
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Logrono and Najera
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) after Pamplona
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) after Pamplona
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Foncebadon
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Foncebadon
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Monjardin
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Monjardin
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
    Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) approaching Los Arcos
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) approaching Los Arcos
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) before Puente la Reina
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) before Puente la Reina
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) after Pamplona
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) after Pamplona
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Monjardin
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Monjardin
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Logrono and Najera
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Logrono and Najera
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Logrono and Najera
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Logrono and Najera
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
    Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) near El Ganso
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) near El Ganso
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) approaching Astorga
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) approaching Astorga
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
    Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
  • Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
    Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
    Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
    Camino de Santiago (Portuguese Route)
  • The Camino Way on the Camino
    The Camino Way on the Camino
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Castrojeriz
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) near Castrojeriz
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Estella and Los Arcos
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Puente la Reina and Estella
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between Puente la Reina and Estella
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route)
    Camino de Santiago (French Route)
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles
  • Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles
    Camino de Santiago (French Route) between St Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles
  • Camino Ingles
    Camino Ingles
  • Camino Ingles
    Camino Ingles
  • Camino Finistera
    Camino Finistera
  • Camino Finistera
    Camino Finistera
  • Camino Finistera
    Camino Finistera
  • Camino Finestera
    Camino Finestera
  • Camino Finestera
    Camino Finestera
  • Camino Finestera
    Camino Finestera
  • Camino Finestera
    Camino Finestera
The Camino Way on the Camino (French Route)
The Camino Way on the Camino (French Route)

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Now also out in a Spanish-language version from HarperCollins. Coming out in Korean and Chinese in 2019.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about The Camino de Santiago

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.

 

Victor Tells Short Stories and Lessons from his Book While Hiking a Camino (2-3 minutes each)

Buy the Ticket and Figure Out the Rest

Shake that Fence. Burst that Bubble.

Live in the Moment

Kick Your Bucket List

Welcome Help

Find Your Basecamp

Put Challenges into Perspective

Learn to Delegate

Jump on that Train

 

Media Reviews of The Camino Way

"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 SunAustralia'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

Reader Reviews of The Camino Way

"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.”

— Ethan Bernstein, Asst. Professor of Leadership & Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School

"I'll probably never walk the Camino, but I feel like I did after reading this book. What a fresh take on leadership!"

— David K. Lenhardt, former President and CEO, PetSmart, Inc.

"Victor draws you in with the opportunity to walk the Camino vicariously with him - all the experiences and none of the blisters. This entertaining book is a combination of a travel guide and an invaluable set of lessons for success in life at home and at work."
— Dan Tangherlini, former Administrator of the
US General Services Administration

“Rooted in history, yet highly relevant to today, Victor Prince takes readers on a journey of insight that can add value to all of our daily experiences."

Suzanne Tager, Senior Director, Retail and Consumer Goods Practice, Bain & Company


"As leaders we need to ensure we never forget about the people we rely on, our teams, our employees, our family, friends...our village. The Camino Way reminds us we are all on different journeys and every relationship matters." 
— Lisa M. Buckingham, Chief Human Resources Officer of Lincoln Financial Group

"Most people have two stacks of books by their bed: books they read for work, and books they read for pleasure. The Camino Way is the only book you’ll read this year that could make it to both stacks." 
— Paul Smith, bestselling author of Lead with a Story and Sell with a Story

"This compelling book tells a wonderful story of self-reflection, self-awareness, and the importance of putting issues at work, life events, etc. into perspective. It is cleverly organized around the “seven guideposts of the Camino Trail” and how one can adapt those meaningful mantras to the workplace. If you want to learn how to be a better leader, person and how to connect with your teammates, you will find this book most helpful and rewarding... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is written in a conversational style so you feel as if the author is talking with you and not at you... I highly recommend this insightful book. It provides just the right amount of advice so you can apply it right away. I will be posting the seven guideposts of the Camino Trail on my bedroom mirror and in my office to serve as my leadership reminders to abide by every day. Buen Camino!"
— Laura Basurto, PM World Journal, a knowledge resource for project and program managers around the world
 

Public Libraries with The Camino Way In Stock

Public libraries across the USA and in every continent except Antarctica stock The Camino Way. See the full list here.

The Camino Way is now available in Spanish and is coming out in Korean and Chinese language versions in 2019.

 

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