How much does it cost to spend 40 days in Europe anyway?

I have had some friends inquire as to the cost of completing the Camino. How can one afford to spend almost 40 days in Europe?

Well, for a thousand years peregrinos along the Camino de Santiago have been taken in and cared for by the people and villages along the various routes. Historically, most peregrinos were penniless. They slept in churches and refugios along the route and ate whatever they could scrounge up. Pilgrimage today is not quite as difficult, but the traditions of communal accommodations and fellowship continues as it has for centuries.

Today’s peregrinos sleep in government or private run refugios, hostels, pensions, and some locals offer spare bedrooms for rent to help their annual income. Some of the overnight accommodations are donation only while others charge from 5 to 10 euros per night. Most peregrinos eat a light breakast, use the market to gather lunch and finish up with a pilgrim’s menu at the village restaurant or a communal dinner at the hostel. All in all, the euro costs are minimal as the experience itself makes up for it in its richness.

If you are contemplating the Camino don’t let the cost hold you back. You will never be able to spend as much time in Europe/Spain for as little cost and gain as many memories as this adventure has to offer.

If you would like an individual euro estimate I have found a neat Camino expense calculator:

http://caminoteca.com/index.php/cost-calculator.html

I had to smile at the beer comment that pops up after your total is calculated.

Buen Camino!

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3 responses to “How much does it cost to spend 40 days in Europe anyway?

  1. We took a spontaneous trip to Santiago de Compostela several years ago, and loved it so much. It was then that our interest was ignited to complete the Camino someday. During which which month will you start your trek?

    Thanks for sharing the cost calculator link – you might just convince us to go too. 🙂

    • In my book readings and the discussions I have followed on several Camino blogs, most folks recommend avoiding the summer seasons. The top reasons cited include the huge crowds and unmerciful heat. So, the decision was to choose which “shoulder season” to travel, spring or fall. Both are popular with peregrinos who do not have to use vacations in the summer. Both seasons have much to offer. We decided to travel in springtime. The weather may be a bit more rainy at times, but there is also something about spring that just rejuvenates the soul. So, long story even longer, we will be heading to SJPdP toward the end of March 2014. We are planning for being on the Camino for about 40 days. Just planning for it has become its own adventure. Once you decide to go, it becomes a part of you. I am told that once you have gone, it beckons you back. Thanks for following and perhaps Sandy and I will offer a personal Buen Camino one day.

      • Spring sounds like a delightful time to make the journey. We’re in the Balkans now and loving the sheer beauty of the blooming fruit trees. I suspect your walk will offer the same. 🙂

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