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LESSON #17 – WE DON'T NEED LOTS OF STUFF TO MAKE US HAPPY

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step I feel like a bit of a hypocrite as I am typing ...

BOOK REVIEW – I'M OFF THEN, LOSING AND FINDING MYSELF ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction I'm Off Then has sold more than three million copies in Germany and has been translated into eleven languages. ...

CAMINO TASTER – MAY 2019 | DAY 1 | TRAVELLING TO BAYONNE

The Adventure Begins In July 2018, during my section hike into Santiago, I had a chat with Sue from California.  She was telling me about ...

LESSON #16 – WE ALL NEED A SUPPORT NETWORK IN LIFE

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step I always walk with Nordic Poles, mainly due to being a Nordic ...

WHAT SIZE RUCKSACK SHOULD YOU HAVE FOR THE CAMINO?

Introduction Sitting in the Orisson we all witnessed a rather large German guy stumble through the doors.  We had been patiently waiting for him as ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK |THE WORLDS THINEST TRAVEL ADAPTER

Treat of the week - A New Travel Adapter I think I am the only person who will get excited when a bit of gear ...

LESSON #15 – SOMETIMES YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO GRIN AND BEAR IT

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step Life is not always a bed of roses, and the Camino is ...

Book Review – The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | A MINI-ME, SHOE TAGS AND A COW THINGY

Treat of the week - A range of gifts Wow! Each week something usually lands through the letterbox via Amazon, Ebay or some type of ...

MicroAdventure #5 – A SPONTANEOUS CAMPING PARTY ON A HILL

Micro Adventure Progress Bar for 2019 0% The Adventure Begins For a while now, I have tried to live my life with an element of ...

LESSON #14 – BE OPEN TO THE SPIRITUALITY OF THE CAMINO

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step I appreciate that some people may find this particular blog a little ...

Book Review – Walking Home, Clare Balding

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped ...

LESSON #13 – OPEN YOUR EYES OTHERWISE YOU MISS THE MAGIC

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step Do you ever wonder what you may have missed simply because you ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | A BUFF AND HOW TO WEAR ONE!

Treat of the week - Buff A Buff is a staple within anyone's gear list if you are a hiker and I was distraught when ...

LESSON #12 – IT'S OK TO SAY NO

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step I am a recovering "people pleaser".  Perhaps it's a British thing, or ...

10 CAMINO FACTS THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT

Introduction As I am finalising the preparations to take my very first group of pilgrims across the Pyrenees, I thought it would be a nice ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | ALTRA LONE PEAK 4.0 TRAIL RUNNERS FOR WOMEN

Treat of the week - Altra Lone Peak Trail Runners I was looking for a trail runner that had a larger / wider toe box ...

LESSON #11 – LEARN TO LISTEN MORE

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step If there is one thing that I am good at in this ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | DEAD CATS AND HEAD PROTECTORS FOR THE OSMO POCKET

Treat of the week - Windshield for Osmo Pocket The DJI Osmo Pocket has two pinhole microphones.  One on the bottom and one on the ...

Book Review – In Praise Of Slow – Challenging the Cult of Speed

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each ...

LESSON #10 – LEARN TO BELIEVE!

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step We stayed the night in a rather large hostel in Astorga.  I ...

HOW TO PREVENT BED-BUGS ON THE CAMINO (EP19)

Introduction Many people ask me about bedbugs on the Camino.  I think there is the impression that they are rife along the Frances route and ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | NO-TIE-SHOELACES

Treat of the week - No-Tie-Shoelaces I was introduced to these shoelaces via my brother who is a runner.  He swore by them and I ...

LESSON #9 – WHAT EXCESS BAGGAGE DO YOU CARRY IN LIFE?

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step Less is more.  Simples!  When I look back at the many Camino ...

Film Review – Edie

Introduction This beautiful heartwarming tale throws off the shackles of age, challenging the relationships that we have with ourselves and those around us. An inspiring ...

Ten Money Saving Tips for A Camino De Santiago Pilgrim (EP18)

Introduction The good news is that the Camino is a very inexpensive way of spending a month in Spain (and certainly cheaper than most other ...

LESSON #8 – LEARN TO LOOK OUT FOR THE SIGNS IN LIFE

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step I smile to myself as I think back to all the signs ...

Five Small Items That Are Super Useful For The Camino

The small things in life make all the difference, and the Camino is no exception.  This week, I would like to share with you five ...

LESSON #7 – LEARN TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN AND MOVE ON

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step Learning to deal with the pain is probably one of the hardest ...

Five Big Mistakes That People Make on The Camino

If you are about to head out on the Camino then I am hopefully just about to save you quite a lot of pain and ...

Book Review – How To Be Human: The Manual

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. No question, anyone reading this ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | GREAT BRITISH RUDE AND QUIRKY PLACE NAMES MAP

Treat of the week - Rude & Quirky Place Names of Britain When I spotted this map on Amazon it didn't take long before I ...

LESSON #6 – EMBRACE OPPORTUNITIES THAT COME YOUR WAY

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step If I had any regrets in life it is probably that I ...

12 Things You Need To Know About the Camino, Before You Go!

If you are thinking about walking the Camino De Santiago then this may be the blog for you.  As a soon to be Pilgrim, there ...

LESSON #5 – MARCH TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUM

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step In my business life, I am very driven.  I never really understood ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | OSMO POCKET ACCESSORIES & SD CARD HOLDER

Treat of the week - Osmo Pocket Accessories I must admit, I have a bit of an Amazon addiction.  I have been fighting it for ...

Book Review – First Man In, Leading From The Front

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has ...

Nine Adventure Geekers Walk The Peak Pilgrimage Trail

What is the Peak Pilgrimage? The Peak Pilgrimage is a 39-mile long distance walk, between Ilam and Eyam in Derbyshire / Peak District in the ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | LIGHTWEIGHT CAMP SHOES AND A FLYING COW

Lighthouse Shoes from Mountain Warehouse - click to visit the site.   Treat of the week - Camp Shoes I must admit, I have a ...

MicroAdventure #4 – A VERY WEIRD ROAD TRIP TO OXFORD

Micro Adventure Progress Bar for 2019 0% The Adventure Begins For a while now, I have tried to live my life with an element of ...

LESSON #4 – LIVE LIFE ADVENTOURSLY

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step When we are children, every day is an adventure.  We trust our ...

TREAT OF THE WEEK | Check Out These Cool Compression / Dehydrated Towels!

Treat of the week I must admit, I have a bit of an Amazon addiction.  I have been fighting it for some time now, but ...

LESSON #3 – TRY NOT TO JUDGE PEOPLE

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step We all like to think that we do not judge people, but ...

Ep17 – Camino Talk Show | Kim from California | The story of pure determination

INTERVIEW NOTES You can find Kimberly's story on https://kimscaminoadventures.wordpress.com/ If you are looking for an inspirational story of pure determination, bravery, heartache, pain and magical ...

LESSON #2 – BE MORE PATIENT

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step Patience has never been on my radar.  I see something and I ...

MicroAdventure #3 – MY FIRST SOLO WILD CAMPING EXPERIENCE!

Micro Adventure Progress Bar for 2019 0% The Adventure Begins A package arrived for me on Friday. My new ultra-light down sleeping bag and down ...

LESSON #1 – YOU CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT INTERNET!

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step For those of you who don't know, I have owned a social ...

Ep 16- The Camino Talk Show | Tamsin Grainger (Scotland)

Interview Notes TAMSIN GRAINGER QUOTE: Walking itself is the intentional act closest to the unwilled rhythms of the body to breathing and the beating of ...

Ep 15- The Camino Talk Show | Jane Walker (UK)

Interview Notes Jane was walking the Camino in memory of her late husband.  This episode is full of tips and advice for new fresh pilgrims ...
book review: The Year We Seized the Day: A True Story of Friendship and Renewal on the Camino

Book Review – The Year We Seized The Day : A True Story of Friendship and Renewal on the Camino

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction The utterly compelling and inspirational account of how two very different writers tackle their demons walking the Camino ...

My Doubts About The Camino De Santiago | Can I Do This?

Life and Business Lessons Learned From A Hike Across Spain, Step by Step My adventurous soul was about to be ignited again! For those of ...

LOWLAND LEADERS AWARD | WHEN YOU REALISE HOW MUCH YOU DON'T KNOW!

I realised how much I didn't know! I left my house around 7.30am on Saturday and headed south for Chesham.  I have never walked within ...

Sharing The Camino Love | A Podcast with Bev Thorogood

A few weeks ago I attended the She Enjoy's Success Summit which is hosted by the lovely Vivien Joy.  It was a fabulous event and ...

Ep11 – The Camino Talk Show with Pilgrim Bubba Edwards

Bubba from Virginia was a 360llb (his words) guy who walked the Camino for personal reasons (which he shares with everyone). This interview is totally ...

Book Review – Dare to Do by Sarah Outen

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction On 1 April 2011, rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for ...

Day 6 – CAMINO INGLÉS – SANTIAGO! I MADE IT BABY!!!

  DISTANCE: 13.96 miles, 32k steps, 22.5 km., As I type its 6.40am. I slept brilliantly and didn’t wake up at all in the night. ...

MicroAdventure #2 – IT'S RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE

Micro Adventure Progress Bar for 2019 0% The Adventure Begins... A micro adventure is all about doing something that you don’t normally do. Whether that ...

Seven Tips For Waking Up Early

A long long time ago, I read a book called "Early to Rise" by Andy Traub.  I am going to be completely honest here and ...

Day 5 – Camino Inglès | Hospital de Bruma – Sigeurio

THE ONE WITH THE DINOSAUR DISTANCE: 14 miles, 22.5km, 32k steps TERRAIN: Once again it was mainly road walking or forest trails. We didn’t pass ...

DAY 4 – CAMIÑO INGLÉS | THE ONE WITH MY SPECIAL FLOWER

Day 4 - Betanzos to Hospital de Bruma DISTANCE: A gruelling 16.89 miles, 27km, 38k steps. TERRAIN: Some very steep hills today. There were beautiful ...

A Must Read For Newbie Walkers!

Click here to visit the site. Going for a walk sounds so easy, doesn't it?  We have been walking since we were toddlers and we ...

Book Review – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in ...

Setting The Adventure Geek Goals for 2019

As we launch into the new year, I thought it was an apt time to start setting some goals and to focus on what is ...

Book Review – Up: My Life’s Journey to the Top of Everest by Ben Fogle, Marina Fogle

Julia's Reading Challenge for 2019 0% Introduction My eyes lifted to the horizon and the unmistakable snowy outline of Everest. Everest, the mountain of my ...

Book Review – Can't Hurt Me, by David Goggins

Introduction For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse coloured his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental ...

MicroAdventure #1 – AN EARLY MORNING 12 MILE ADVENTURE TO SEE MY MUM

Micro Adventure Progress Bar for 2019 0% It’s very quiet as I slowly close my front door at 6.10am with my shoe lights beaming! Duston, ...

Ep10 – THE CAMINO TALK SHOW WITH EMMA LAROSE FROM CANADA

QUOTE: Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing the extraordinary. In this week's episode, hear ...

EP9 – THE CAMINO TALK SHOW WITH PILGRIM FERNANDO TORAL FROM ARGENTINA

Fernando is a seasoned pilgrim having walked the Camino a few times, and even appeared on TV to tell his story. Fernando and his wife ...

Ep8 – THE CAMINO TALK SHOW WITH PILGRIM ANA FROM SERBIA

QUOTE OF THE DAY FROM ANA: Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition.  They somehow know what you truly want to become. ...

Ep7 – THE CAMINO TALK SHOW WITH PILGRIM ANITA FROM CALIFORNIA

In this episode, Anita shares with us lots of tips and advice about Camino Frances route which she walked in July 2018. QUOTE OF THE ...

Ep6 – THE CAMINO TALK SHOW | JACKIE JARVIS | UNITED KINGDOM

This week I speak with the veteran pilgrim, Jackie Jarvis. Jackie has walked the Camino numerous times (Norte, Frances and Portugal routes) and yet she ...
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DAY 3 | CAMINO INGLÉS | THE ONE WITH THE WILD PIGS

Day 3 - Pontedueme to Betanzos DISTANCE: 15 miles, 43k steps, 24km WEATHER: cold this morning but a lovely afternoon in the afternoon sun. TERRAIN: ...

What Is On Your Book-It List?

Do you ever have that feeling that something in your life has shifted?  It's like another door opened and your soul decided that this would ...

What Every New Backpacker Ought To Know

I have been backpacking now for some time and it dawned on me how much I have learned over this time.  If you are new ...

Listen to the Camino Talk Show Podcast with Real Pilgrims, on iOS or Android

We are proud to say that we have already received over 100 downloads of the Camino Talk Show since it launched in the iTunes store ...

Skinny Dipping and Spin the Bottle are on My MicroAdventure List for 2019!

In 2020, all being well, I will be walking the Japanese Camino called the Kumano Kodo to experience the 88 temples that represent different aspects ...

Even Keen Walkers Can't Be Bothered To Venture Outdoors Sometimes!

  I was sitting in the comfort of my nice warm house on Thursday evening thinking "it's cold, it has been raining all day, and ...

DAY 2 CAMINO INGLES | FERROL TO PONTEDUEME

DISTANCE: 21.27 miles, 48k steps, 34km FERROL IS RIDDLED WITH DRUNKS I Left at 6.18am after a hot coffee in my room (love my jet ...

DAY 1 | CAMINO INGLES | GATWICK TO FERROL

Day 1 - Gatwick to Ferrol (Northern Spain) The day of Spanish people singing the Proclaimers, no campsites and a lollipop! GATWICK FUN... I open ...

Ep5 – The Camino Talk Show | With Pilgrim Norman Stephens

In this week's episode, we hear from Norman Stephens, a teacher from California who had a very different Camino to most. Today's show includes lots ...

Ep4 – The Camino Talk Show | With Pilgrim Luca Gaglio from Italy

A powerful interview with Luca from Italy who walked the Camino Frances in July 2018. He shares lots of tips and advice for newbie pilgrims ...

The Perfect Christmas Gifts for The Walker In Your Life

If you know a keen walker or you are friends with someone who would like to do more walking in 2019, why not buy then ...

How to Live Adventurously Every Day

One of my past-times is to indulge in YouTube videos. I watch all sorts of videos from people who have accomplished amazing things in their ...

Ep3 – The Camino Talk Show, with Sue Skelly

  INTERVIEW NOTES 1.20 - general intro 2.10 - How did you find out about the Camino? 3.30 - Was this your first Camino?  Sue ...

Ep2 – The Camino Talk Show, with Milena Suboticki

"To be first" by Gunnar Roalkvam To be first There is no point in being first, to arrive alone. It won’t become fun before the ...

CAMINO FRANCES | MONTE DO GOZO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPSTESTELA

CAMINO FRANCES | The day we celebrated! I was wide awake at 4.30am at “The Prison”.  By 5 am I decided to dismount from the top ...

CAMINO FRANCES | SALCEDA TO MONDTE DEL GONZO

The day we saw our first glimpse of Santiago DISTANCE:18 miles (lots of exploring today, 41k steps, 29km We started we the day with the ...

CAMINO FRANCES | BOENTE TO SALCEDA

The day we enjoyed a jacuzzi in the middle of nowhere DISTANCE: 12 miles Today was a nice short day. When did 12 miles become ...

CAMINO FRANCES | AIREXE TO BOENTE

The day I got shin splints and ate Spanish French toast. DISTANCE: 16.5 miles, 38k steps, 26km SUMMARY I spent most of the day walking ...

CAMINO FRANCES | FERRERIOS TO AIREXE

 The day of walking with cows, smiley dog faces, playing leapfrog and saxophone playing. DISTANCE: 18 miles, 41k steps, We no longer see storks nests, ...

CAMINO FRANCES | SAMOS TO FERRERIOS

The day of very few cafes, weird tombs and a lovely surprise. DISTANCE: 19.30 miles, 44k steps, 30.5 km Rachel and I left Samos after ...

CAMINO FRANCES | FONFRIA TO SAMOS

The day we use the luggage carriage service DISTANCE: 16 miles, 36k steps, 25km SUMMARY I giggled to myself as the host of the hostel ...

CAMINO FRANCES – LAS HERRIAS to FONFRIA

The day Rachel saw a snake!   A Thunderstorm is Brewing! We reluctantly left the Paradise Hotel in the dark at around 6.15am knowing that ...

Ep1 – The Camino Talk Show, with Erik Op Ten Berg

The Camino Breaks Hearts and Unites Hearts.  This is the very first episode of the Camino Talk Show with Julia Doherty and Erik Op Ten ...

CAMINO FRANCES – VILLAFRANCA – LAS HERRIAS

The day we escaped a smeggy hostel!!! DAY: Villafranca to Las Herrerias   We left the beautiful town of Villafranca whilst it was still dark.  ...
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CAMINO FRANCES – ACEBO TO VILLAFRANCA

 The day we swam in the river DAY: Acebo to Villafranca It's 6.30am as I write in my journal and I have been awake for a ...

Camino Frances – Rabanal to Acebo

 The One Where We Let Stuff Go... Followed By Pure Pleasure! Just 10 miles today, but talk about being emotionally draining! The green butterfly stone ...

Camino Frances – Astorga to Rabanal

The day I held a hawk, had afternoon tea and prayed with Spanish monks Warning: Sorry about the video section of Rachel's blisters We left ...

The Camino Talk Show

When I was in the preparation stage of my first Camino, I became a little bit obsessed.  My fascination for the Camino drove me to ...

Camino Frances – Mazarife to Astorga

The Day We Taught Sue How To Play Pooh Sticks Weird witches hanging from the ceiling We all slept well last night in the small ...
EP6 - CAMINO FRANCES | The day I ate tripe! DAY: Leon to Mazarife

Camino Frances – Leon to Mazarife

The day I ate tripe! We left the monastery in Leon around 7 am with a new Camino friend (Sue from California). The walk across ...

Five Amazing Reasons Why I Love Geocaching

During our Adventure Geek walk on Monday evening, I got chatting to a fellow walker from Spain.  I am not sure how the conversation arose ...
EP5 - CAMINO FRANCES | The one with the cat and the river crossing DAY: Reliegos to Leon

Camino Frances – Reliegos to Leon

The one with the playful cat and the river crossing I went to bed rather late as I was watching the nail-gripping England vs Columbia world ...

A Camino Experience Through The Eyes of A Teenager

Hi everyone, It's Rachel here. I thought I would take the time to tell you 7 reasons why I love the Camino de Santiago and why I think ...

Book Review: Operation Ironman by George Mahood

If you have been reading the Adventure Geek blog and book reviews then you will know that I am a fan of George Mahood.  His ...
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New Camping Gear for the Camino Ingles Route

Thank you to Douglas A Johnson for this image. As some of you may know, I am heading back to Spain in October 2018 to ...
EP4- CAMINO FRANCES | The long and winding road DAY: Bercianos to Reliegos

Camino Frances – Bercianos to Reliegos

The very long and winding road This morning was super weird!  I woke early (about 5 am) and decided to creep out of our room ...
Camino Frances, Terradillos to Bercianos

Camino Frances – Terradillos to Bercianos

The day we unburdened Julie of 6 lbs! It took me a while to get off to sleep last night as there was a donkey ...

10 Essentials That You Should Always Take On Any Walk

Whether you are out for the day on a long hike, or you are joining your local walking club for a short 3-mile saunter across ...

The Camino is Completed… What's Next?

If I could have a £1 for every time I have been asked this question since my return from the Camino, I would be a ...

Camino Frances – Carrión de Los Condes to Terradillos

The day we met a lady carrying 16 pairs of knickers! Distance walked: 18miles / 28 km / 41k steps Jack and Andrew from Florida ...

Part 3 – Camino Frances | Day 1 – Travelling from the UK to Carrión De Los Condes

What a day! 18 hours of travelling was exhausting. Rachel had a fantastic prom night and Matt collected her about 11.30pm.  She was not tired ...

What Was That App That You Use For Local Walks?

After yet another message on Facebook asking me "What was that app you used for the walks, Julia?" I thought it was about time that ...

Ten Multipurpose Backpacking Items That Help Reduce Your Pack Weight

The old saying "work smarter, not harder" is not just a good motto to live by when working in a regular job, but it also ...

Is It Safe To Walk The Camino Frances Route as A Solo Female?

I am not going to lie, but I was absolutely terrified when I took my first solo hike along the Camino Frances route in October ...

12 Week Training Plan for The Cotswold Way

Do you need to train for The Cotswold Way?  The simple answer is yes.  If you are walking the trail in eight days (most common) ...

Accommodation Along The Cotswold Way

There are many different choices of accommodation along The Cotswold Way to suit a range of budgets and needs.  If you are intending to stay and ...
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Darwin On The Trail (YouTuber)

I was keen on learning more about Ultra-Light backpacking and stumbled upon a whole new world when researching on YouTube.  As some of you may ...

Should We Stop Trying To Hit 10k Steps A Day?

Did you know that the 10k steps theory was actually a Japanese marketing campaign for the run up 1964 Toyko Olympics?  It was simply a way ...

Travels with Rachel – In Search of South America (book review)

If you have been following my blog for a while then you will already know that I am a fan of George Mahood.  His style ...
Technology tips for the Camino Frances

Nine Things You Should Know About Technology On The Camino

I know, I know, I can hear it now, the Camino is meant to be a place where we can switch off and bask in ...
Grandma Gatewood a brilliant read

The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail at 67 years old!

I had never heard of Grandma Gatewood until I was listening to an interview with the author of this amazing book on The Mighty Blue ...

Walking Your Way to A Better You

Found this on my husbands Facebook account from 2009. His caption was "Like mother, like daughter". A few years ago I decided to change my ...

12 Week Training Plan for the Camino Frances

I am often asked "how much training do I need for the Camino?" and the answer is it varies from person to person.  Some people ...
Gear review of the multi-cool buff, which is perfect for the camino

The Must Have Gadget for Walking in the Camino Sun

As I type this blog we are in the final preparations of walking the Camino.  I already mentioned this particular gadget in last week's blog ...

Day 8 – The Cotswold Way – Final Day! I did it!!!

Pennsylvania to Bath Distance: A gruelling 14 miles! Weather: Horrible. Wet. Cold. Mud. Mud. Oh, did I mention mud? Terrain: Whoever said that the last ...

Not Tonight Josephine (Book Review)

By George Mahood Official Blurb: Click here to download from Amazon Two Brits, George and Mark, set off from New York City to explore the ...

Four Helpful Tips for Walking in The Spanish Heat

As I prepare for my fourth Camino trip there is one thing on my mind, the heat.  All of my previous Camino's have taken place ...
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Day 7 – The Cotswold Way, Hawkesbury to Pennyslvania

Distance: 13 miles (31, 954 steps or 21 km) Weather: Pants! Boy did it rain hard today! Even my trekking umbrella did not stop me ...

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain (Book review)

The plan is simple. George and Ben have three weeks to cycle 1000 miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland. There ...
training for the Camino

How Much Training Do I Need To Walk The Camino?

What are the hostels like?  Do I need to take a tent?  Do I need a sleeping bag?  What about going to the toilet?  What ...
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Day 6 – The Cotswold Way, Dursley to Hawkesbury

Distance: 14.47 miles (34,973 steps / 23km) Weather: Started off overcast and quite warm. By 12 noon the heavens opened and it rained all the ...

High and Low: How I Hiked Away From Depression Across Scotland

By Keith Foskett Click here to view on Amazon I am a Keith Foskett fan after devouring his first book about his Camino trip, The ...

127 Hours – Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Book review)

A totally inspiring and moving true story, which was cringe-worthy in parts. This book has some strong messages to take with you on your own ...
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Day 5 – The Cotswold Way, Painswick to Dursley (and Scary Cows!)

Distance: 21 miles (33km, 51,303 steps!) Weather: Weird! Rain, hail, sun, more rain! Terrain: A mix of woodland, road walking, country park and beautiful escarpments. ...
What is so special about the Camino?

What Is So Special About the Camino?

I am a big believer in fate, but I also believe that you create your own opportunities in life.   I was listening to My Camino ...
Day four of The Cotswold Way

Day 4 – The Cotswold Way, Birdlip to Painswick

Distance: 8.54 miles, 20.988 steps (short walk today) Weather: I looked out of the window this morning and sighed as it was very wet and ...

How Many Miles or Kilometres Should I Walk on The Camino Every Day?

When I first started planning my first Camino trip the daily mileage was a big concern for me.  I suffer from pains in my hips ...
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Day 3 – The Cotswold Way, Charlton Kings to Birdlip

Distance: 11.86 miles (28,574 steps) A slightly shorter day today, which I really needed! Weather: Absolutely lovely. Sunny, clear skies so we could see for ...

How to Cope With The Pilgrim Song (Snorers) On The Camino

I received a Facebook message from a local business person who was keen on learning more about the Camino, but he had one big worry ...
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Day 2 – The Cotswold Way, Hailes to Charlton Kings

Distance: 17.71 miles, 42,901 steps Weather: We were truly blessed with a fabulous spring day. The sun was shining all day and we had clear ...

My Magic Eight Tips Formula for Blister and Pain Free Hiking Feet

If you have ever had a blister then you know how painful they are.  During all of my walking trips, I have encountered many people ...
Jetboil flash - why I love my backpacking stove

JetBoil Flash Backpacking Cooking System is Wicked!

If you are buying a cooking system for your backpacking adventures then the JetBoil Flash is certainly worth consideration.  Check out the video below, but ...

Day 1 – The Cotswold Way. Chipping Camden to Hailes

https://youtu.be/CZihiko909M Day 1/8 of The Cotswold Way - Chipping Warden to Hailes Distance: 18.98 miles (45,525 steps) (we got lost a few times!) Weather: perfect! ...
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Weekly Hiking Tip – Podcast by Dan Feldman

click here to visit on iTunes I love to listen to podcasts in the car, on a walk or even on a full hike.   Let ...

Into The Wild – Film Review

Wow!  This film is based on a true story and it certainly made me feel incredibly emotional as I watched this young man go through ...
The Knightley Way

Bedpans, Pink Baths, Beautiful Scenery and a Spooky Shrine…

Left to right, Helen, Diana, Julia In preparation for the 102-mile walk along The Cotswold Way, I knew I needed to get some hill training ...

The Best Lightweight Day Pack for Hikers

I absolutely love my Sea to Summit Lightweight Daypack and here are the reasons why:- * It packs up very small. Dinky is probably the ...

Should I Wear Boots or Trail Runners?

A few weeks ago, I purchased some new Solomon Hiking Boots.  You know the old phrase:- "If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it!" ...

There Is No WiFi In The Forrest, But You Will Find A Better Connection

My Camino Podcast - Dan Mulllins I was listening to Dan Mullins on "My Camino Podcast" when he quoted "There is no WiFi in the ...

I Love My New Trekking Umbrella

My Amazon purge lasted for three weeks, but I was really keen to buy a trekking umbrella.  I spent lots of time online, and watching ...

My Top Twenty SmartPhone Travel Apps

In true Adventure Geek Style,  I thought I would share with you my top iPhone applications that I currently use for hiking and travelling.  I know we ...

Lost My Mojo

It's Friday morning and my "Adventure Geek Day".  I love these days as I have my new office and I can look out of the ...

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found

Julie and I visited the Adventure Show in London last weekend.  The show was not that exciting.  It was rather like a show for adventure ...
My arriving at a hostel routine

Gear for Ensuring A Good Nights Sleep When Hostelling and Hiking

In this week's video, I will showcase the items and routine that I have when arriving at a hostel.  In my opinion, the sleep routine ...
The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett

The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett

Click to view on Amazon A Thru-Hiking Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail After reading Keith's previous book which talked about his journey along the ...
5 hiking and backpacking items that I love

Five Gadgets That I Adore for All My Hiking Trips

  Last week I put together a video of the five items that I had purchased that were a complete waste of money.  (see here).  ...
The Outdoor Station Podcast

The Outdoors Station

Listening to podcasts is a great way to improve your skills, knowledge and become inspired.  I listen to many podcasts, but on the Adventure Geek ...
The Camino Way, Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain

The Camino Way, Lessons in Leadership from a Walk Across Spain

By Victor Prince Over the next coming weeks and months, you will start to see a variety of book, gear, film and podcast reviews on ...
Overweight, Undertrained and Terrified

Overweight, Undertrained and Terrified: A Camino Diary

by Connor O Donoghue Over the next coming weeks and months, you will start to see a variety of book, gear, film and podcast reviews ...

Five Hiking Items That I wish I Hadn't Purchased

 In this week's video, I am going to share with you my five gadgets that I purchased, but never actually used.  I am sure ...
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The Cotswold Way Plans for March 2018, With A Twist….

I have numerous hikes planned for 2018, but the first trek is already in the diary and the planning has begun. I will be walking ...

The Journey in Between – Book Review

The Story of a Thru-Hiking Adventure on El Camino de Santiago by Keith Foskett     If you have read any of Kieth Foskett's aka "Fozzie" ...

The Final Journey Home

Well, that was an interesting journey! Beautiful scenery over the Pyrenees My clingfilm is tucked neatly into my trekking pole holder on Nellie my rucksack ...

Day 10 – Logrono part 2 (my last day)

Down by the river in Logrono I’m wide awake at 3 am as Logrono is a city that never sleeps. The windows are open and ...

Day 9 – Logrono. Getting Lost, Shoe Glue and A Funny Looking Stone!

Classy graffiti I woke at crap o’clock (4.30am) in the municipal in Los Arcos. I spent the next 30 mins reading all the notes and ...

Day 8 – Los Arcos. Free Wine Fountain, Pain in the Bum and A Spiritual Moment

Another fabulous sunrise I was lying on the bottom bunk in the hostel in Estella when an older Spanish lady hobbled in. She looked exhausted ...

Day 7 – Estella – Walking alone, Thoughtful Mood and Weird Food

Jaume & Lou DISTANCE - 15.35 miles, 35k steps I slept well last night at Hotel Jacque.  Lou and I enjoyed a homemade breakfast of ...

Day 6 – Puente La Reina, Iron Men, Stage 4 Cancer and Dog Poo Soup

I woke up around 5.30am by the man in the next cubicle who was laughing and talking in his sleep. What a nice way to ...

Day 5 – Pamplona – Watching the sun come up, Sangria and Geocaching.

Watching the sun come up over the mountain tops I think the breakfast routine is rather strange, but apparently, it is normal in Spain.  The ...

Day 4 – Zubiri – Zombies, More Rain and Squirrelling!

Beautiful scenery into Zubiri I wake up about 5.30am and head to the bathroom. The lady in the next toilet cubicle let’s rip and it ...

Day 3 – Roncesvalles – it rained and rained.

So last night was not too bad. I’m a light sleeper so anytime someone went to the loo or farted then I was awake in ...

Day 2 – Orisson (Camino Oct 2017)

Views from the Orisson Albergue After a restless night in the hotel room, I have a quick shower, dress and head down for breakfast.  I ...

A Camino Calling…. Day One – Bayonne, Oct 2017

Early in 2017, I felt the need to walk part of the Camino again. I don't know why I feel drawn to this particular trail, ...

The Camino will Provide!

The Polish Priest who knew very limited English. Ola Manola Blues Coca Cola! These were the only words he ever said! The night at the ...

Day 2 – Estella to Los Arcos, The Wine Fountain on the Camino Frances

We are now back from chapter two of our Camino Frances journey and it is time to write up the blog. I love this part ...

My Final Thoughts Before We Set Sail

As I type this blog it is 5.30am and only 24 hours before we leave for our second adventure on the Camino Frances route.  I ...

The count down to the next chapter begins.

I have not written a blog for a few weeks, so I thought I would let you know that we have booked part 2 of ...

Four Novels To Get You In The Mood for Your Camino Adventure

I returned from the first leg of the Camino Frances in June 2016.  After a month of reflection, we decided that we could not wait ...

I've Just Got To Tell You About My New Camino Gadget!

This couple gave us £5 for a coffee I love my gadgets and my latest backpacking toy is one that got me more excited that the ...

I never had a single blister on the Camino

Clare's blisters taken at Roncesvalles. Unlike so many other pilgrims, I am pleased to say that neither, me, Julie or Rachel got a single blister ...

What is the Food Like On the Camino?

I was expecting lots of tapas, sangria and paella, but the food on the Camino was so much more than that! We arrived in St ...

What would I do differently on my next Camino trip?

This is my first blog since I have returned from my first Camino.  We only walked for 6 days and walked over 90 miles, but ...

Day 7 – Puente la Reina – Estella (our last day)

Walked: 20.98 km (13.04 miles) 32,282 steps. Fitness: I feel great and I'm sure I've lost some weight!!Julie is walking on pure adrenaline as her ...

Day 6 – Pamplona to Puente la Reina

  Weather: way to hot!!! We all got sunburnt. Fitness: All of us are feeling ok. Julie has a bad knee, Rachel has sore shoulders ...

Day 5 – Zuribi to Pamplona

Walked: 18.17 miles (29.24 KM), 44,956 steps) Weather: A real mix of rain and hot weather. It really could not make up its mind today! ...

Day 4 – Brad broke the ATM machine!

Day 4 - Roncesvalles to Zubiri 16.37 miles (26.34 km) Weather: a mix of hot and light showers. Started out at Roncesvalles Hostel at 6.45am ...

Day 3 – Pilgrim Mass, Oasis and Sore Hips!

Sunday - Day 3 Camino Frances Orrison to Roncesvalles Walked 12.66 miles (18.5 km) Last night did not really bring much sleep. The German guy ...

Day 2 – Up, Up and Away!

Saturday Day 2 - 28th May 2016 6.58 miles, but up! Up! Up! OMG! What an amazing day! We couldn't charge our phones in the ...

Day 1 – Lost FitBit, An Accident and a Scary Pigeon!

https://youtu.be/IZZEYIVO-9w Well, today has been a real adventure. We picked Julie up about 8.30am and Matt dropped us off at MK station about 9.15am. We ...

Finding my "Why" for the Camino

For me, The Camino is not a holiday, it feels more like a "calling". I can't really explain it but it just feels like something ...

Camino Etiquette – The Unwritten Rules!

Panic set in as I received the weekly forum roundup email from Ivar on the Camino forum. One of the topics was about an angry ...
Pilgrim in Spain - Iron sculptures

You Know You Are Going On You First Camino When…

As you may be aware, we are off to walk the first part of the Camino Frances in less than 30 days and I am ...

A Brilliant way to Personalise my Camino Rucksack!

  How do you make your rucksack stand out from the crowd? After watching "The Way" I really didn't want our rucksacks disappearing or being ...

What Have I Bought for the Camino This Month?

I have not written a blog on my latest purchases for a while, so I thought I would give you an update.  It has become ...

Training For Camino Frances – 6 Weeks to Go!

I was determined to stick to my target this week and the work week hustle on Fitbit certainly kept me motivated.  The highlight of the ...

Training For Camino Frances – 7 Weeks to Go!

I failed dismally this week with my training schedule.  I am so proud of Julie who has kept at it and has easily achieved her ...

Safety First on the Camino Frances

I must admit, I have never been the sort of person who has ever been ultra safety conscious.  Although my father was a policeman for ...

Training For Camino Frances – 8 Weeks to Go!

It's still Easter week and I am juggling work, child care and walking, but it's great. Rachel is at the age  (13) where she is ...

Yippee! I Have My Scallop Shell for the Camino, Thanks to My Mum!

Walking sticks in Santiago, La Coruna, Galicia, Spain I was absolutely over the moon as last weekend my mum came over for Sunday dinner and ...

Training For Camino Frances – 9 weeks to go!

I think we are at the point where other people are probably getting a bit fed up with us talking about the Camino now!  We ...

Top Six Backpacking Tips For Walking The Camino

I take my hat off to the people at Cotswold Outdoors as the lady spent about 45 minutes with us a few weekends ago giving ...

Training For Camino Frances – 10 weeks to go!

At the age of 45, I am feeling much fitter than I have in a very long time.  This is partly due to my lovely ...

What Gadgets Have I Bought This Week?

As a modern day pilgrim, I do not feel that you have to suffer to walk the Camino.  If there are gadgets and items that ...

Training For Camino Frances – 11 weeks to go

We are now on week 11 and our progress is going well with the training.  All three of us are ahead of the game and to ...

Training For Camino Frances – Week 12

With only 12 weeks to go before we head off to the Camino France we decided to increase our walks and training. With busy work ...

Can you Carry Trekking Poles on an Airplane?

With all the latest developments in security at airports nowadays, it suddenly dawned on me that I may not be allowed to carry my Nordic ...

Weekend of Camino Training and Geocaching

We only have 12 weeks left until the big day and it will come around really quickly.   So here is an update of how ...

Three Places to Start When Thinking About Walking the Camino

By day, I run a marketing company and part of my role is to teach people about the joys of social media.  So it was ...
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Welcome to my Camino blog

A few years ago, a friend of mine decided that she was going to walk the Camino.  She was older than me and I thought ...