From all over the world, people set off on a journey to Santiago de Compostela, for a wide variety of reasons. Youngsters and older people go. One walks, another goes by bike or some even on horseback. One takes all the time he / she needs, the other has only a limited period of time available. Many seek the lower cost and companionship at "albergues", others prefer the simplicity and privacy of hotels. Therefore, the preparation for the journey will be different for everyone. In the end, it strongly depends on your experience and condition, on the period in which you want to walk (in early spring and in autumn you need more warm clothes), and on the choice of your route (some have many facilities, other much fewer).
But there is something else. For many people their decision to walk or bike to Santiago coincides with a special occasion or a new phase in their lives. They deliberately choose to step out of ordinary life for a while, to become at ease, to take the time to discover (again) what really matters.
- with heavy backpacks and biking bags, stuffed with certainties,
- with luggage transport and taxis to get around difficult obstacles,
- with many calls, SMS and emails, to not let go of the familiar,
- with planning everything, to not give in to the unknown,
- with endless surfing of the internet before the journey, searching for solutions to problems which in practice often will not occur or will resolve themselves.
But... please make up your own mind, it's your camino.