If you are thinking of doing the Camino de Santiago alone, you will be flooded with questions like: Will it be safe to do the Camino by yourself? Will I get bored and give up?….
We are going to answer your questions and give you some tips to enjoy the way to the fullest.
Is it possible to do the Camino alone?
The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela allows walkers to choose completely what kind of experience they want to have in every way. Whether in the company of a group of friends, with your pet, or of course, if you want to do the Camino de Santiago alone.
Doing the Camino alone is completely safe and possible, since, even if we do not go in the company of other people we know, we will not be completely alone since there will be many other pilgrims walking the Camino. You will be able to meet and talk with new people and walk with them if you wish.
The number of pilgrims on the road will vary depending on the route chosen and the time of year, however, the willingness of those who make this pilgrimage is very good and you will always find someone who will be willing to help you in a hurry, so there will be no problem.
Tips for walking the Camino de Santiago alone
Here are some tips to enjoy the Camino de Santiago and that will motivate you to do it:
As we have said the issue of safety is not a problem since there are hardly any incidents every year, but you have the option of choosing a busier road if you feel safer.
The French Way is the most popular, 64% of pilgrims choose this route. In addition, if you choose the summer months or May and October you will also find a large number of pilgrims to share the route with.
It is advisable to get some guides of the route you choose to have as much information as possible such as: routes, distances, lodgings, restaurants…
Value your time alone
We advise you not only to share your experience with other pilgrims, but also to enjoy the time you have alone to get to know yourself better, reflect on events in your life or simply enjoy the sights and sounds that nature has to offer.
Don’t walk at night
Pilgrims get up early to reach the end of the stage in the afternoon to take advantage of the daylight hours. Try to adapt to these schedules because at night it can be difficult to follow the arrows and you can get lost.
Keep an adequate pace
When you go alone you have no one to set the pace for walking, so you are responsible for regulating your speed and your energy so that you finish the stage without complications, without getting too tired or that it takes too long.
Remember that you can hire services to carry your backpack at the end of the next stage if you need a break.
Always keep your cell phone charged
When going alone it is an essential element to solve any unforeseen event.
Take advantage of the kindness of the people and ask your questions
One of the things that characterizes pilgrims is their kindness and willingness to help others. Not only if you are lost they will help you to follow the right path, but they will also tell you places to visit in the area that are worth visiting, where to eat well…