Become a Divine Influencer

Become a Divine Influencer

Become a Divine Influencer

Have you travelled with us before, or are thinking about a trip with us? Become an Influencer and be rewarded with a great discount on your next trip!

Are you a fan of the Divine Destination Collection? If you love to travel and appreciate a carefully curated, life-changing experience that combines luxury, adventure and spirituality – we have an offer you can’t refuse!

Become a Divine Destination Collection Influencer and receive a reward for every person you refer to us who books a trip. You’ll receive 5% of the cost of their trip, or even an all-expense paid trip (excluding airfare) by referring groups of 12 or more.

It’s our way of saying thanks for being a fan and for introducing us to your network of like-minded traveller friends and relatives. Since we offer a highly specialized, exclusive travel adventure, word of mouth from our fans is the best way to get the word out about what we offer.

All you need to do is let your friends, family, and colleagues know their dream travel experience awaits. We take care of all the arrangements, plus offer an exciting itinerary that they will find nowhere else. Our goal is to surpass their expectations for luxury and comfort while giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the magic and wonder that comes from exploring the spirituality of different cultures, landscapes, and ways of life.

If you are joining us on an upcoming trip to El Camino, Spain or Scotland, why not invite some special people to join you, or let them know about the other fascinating adventures we offer, such Bali and Peru.

It’s easy to take advantage of these amazing rewards!

As an Influencer, we’ll keep you informed about all our latest adventures through our monthly newsletter. Share this information with others you know will appreciate these one-of-a-kind trips and direct them to this special page to learn more about us. Make sure they add your name as the referral, and if they decide to sign up for an upcoming adventure you receive 5% of the value of the per person trip cost (before airfare and HST taxes), paid in full to you personally upon completion of their trip. This applies for each individual person booked and travelled. Your reward can be paid out in cash or banked for use on future Divine Destination Collection trips.

Introduce a group of 12 or more people to the Divine Destination Collection, and if they book a group trip you receive a complimentary trip on us, airfare excluded!

A group trip is a great idea for a college reunion, milestone anniversary, or any other important celebration. It’s also a wonderful way to get friends together who love to travel.

If you would like to organize a cocktail party or other event to introduce a trip to your group, let us know. We can supply you with brochures and a video presentation. If it is feasible, Divine Destination Collection co-founders Deb Niven and Allison Frame can also attend to give a customized presentation and answer questions.

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Simply share this page with interested travellers to invite them to learn more about us. Make sure they add your name as the referral, and if they end up booking a trip you receive your Influencer reward.

If you have any questions about becoming an Influencer, please email Allison at Allison@divinedestinationcollection. And make sure you keep visiting our website to learn more about our upcoming adventures.

Remember – if you know anyone you think would love to travel with us, simply share this page with them so they can learn more about us. If they book a trip, you’ll earn 5% of the cost of their trip, or an expense-paid trip (airfare excluded) for groups of 12 or more.

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What does spirituality have to do with it?

What does spirituality have to do with it?

What does spirituality have to do with it?

To some people the idea of traveling in luxury while taking a spiritual journey seems mutually exclusive.

The path to enlightenment must involve hardship or discomfort – like traveling to an ashram, sleeping on a mat, and eating bad food.

Allison Frame and Deb Niven disagree. Their careers in the incentive travel and meetings business have given them a taste for luxury travel. But both are also seekers – open to exploring new ways of connecting with themselves and the world around them.

Why couldn’t they mix both luxury and spiritually in an exciting travel adventure?

“We had reached the stage in our life where we and/or our friends had achieved all those things society says we are ‘supposed to have’ – marriage, children, a satisfying job, a house, a car, etc. Yet for some there was still something missing,” says Allison.

So they decided to create a safe, comfortable way for people to stick their toe into a new type of journey – one that would take them around the world, but also offer the opportunity to explore the spirituality of different cultures, landscapes, and ways of life.

But it would be a journey that could still involve a heavenly bed and really great food!

What is a spiritual journey?

Allison admits spirituality can be a loaded word. And it can mean something totally different to each person.

To some it is the exploration of higher powers, such as partaking in a shaman ceremony in Peru. To others it is experiencing the mystery of nature while foraging for mushrooms in a forest replete with beautiful fall foliage. And to others it can be more introspective – perhaps sitting by the fire in Muskoka and immersing themselves in a good book.

“It’s whatever touches you. Whatever gives you a sense of peace,” Allison explains. “It could be reconnecting with yourself, or your partner. Or connecting with new people or a new culture. It’s about breaking down barriers.”

Because spirituality is so personal, none of the spiritual activities are mandatory when you take a trip with The Divine Destination Collection.

You decide whether to take part or not – and there is always an alternative experience awaiting. For example, on a recent trip to Arizona, guests were given the option to take part in a horse whispering experience. The opportunity to interact and connect with these majestic horses, was a revelatory experience to some – while others opted for a different type of revelatory experience – one that dazzled their taste buds as they took on a food tour of Old Scottsdale.

In fact, even when visiting an ancient site, such as Tulum in Mexico, guests have the choice of taking a historical tour, or they can explore the site with a guide who can explain the spiritual significance.

Life-changing experiences

Over the last few years The Divine Destination Collection has taken guests on a variety of spiritual adventures.

They have watched a sacred Hindu ceremony in a temple in Bali, visited “thin places” in Ireland where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin, and cleansed their bodies and souls in a traditional “temazcal” sweat lodge in Mexico.

For Allison, one of the most profound spiritual connections was when The Divine Destination Collection travelled to South Africa – the cradle of civilization. “At first I couldn’t understand why I was so emotional,” she says. “Then I realized, this is where we all come from.”

Seeing wild animals in their natural habitat also had a huge impact on Allison. She still remembers what it felt like to be surrounded by a herd of elephants as the huge animals walked right up to the jeep and began exploring with their trunks.

“Africa changes who you are.”

Where to next?

The Divine Destination Collection’s next trip, to walk the Camino in northern Spain, will involve a different sort of spiritual adventure.

This six-day walking mediation will be a personal journey to challenge oneself and reflect on how the Camino is a lot like life – it can be beautiful and joyous when you are walking by beautiful fields of yellow or quaint villages, and then can turn grueling as you make your way uphill in the pouring rain.

“It will push you on an emotional level,” says Allison. “There is no avoiding yourself on a six-day walk.”

Next fall’s trip to Scotland will be full of ancient religious sites, both Christian and pagan. On a recent visit both Deb and Allison felt the power of several energy vortexes – areas of high-energy concentration. “It really gave us a sense of place – and where we fit in,” says Allison.

Want to learn more?

For some great bedtime reading, Allison and Deb recommend Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations, by National Geographic as well as Sacred Earth: Places of Peace and Power, by Martin Gray.

They also follow Tiny Buddha, Jeff Brown (SoulShaping), World Economic Forum, and Panache Desai (to name a few) on social media to explore more aspects of spirituality.

“Travel transforms the traveller” says Allison. “Travel helps you become more open, more curious, more tolerant, more inspired, it gives you the opportunity to truly see that we really are all the same. All in all, I believe that travel makes you a better you.”

“And if you feel something is missing, take a leap. Give spirituality a try. It’s about stepping out of your comfort zone, opening your heart and feeling gratitude.”

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Camino Itinerary

Camino Itinerary

Camino Travel Itinerary

A 9 day Divine Pilgrimage to Reflect, Transcend, & Transform

Monday, May 6, 2019:  

Upon arrival at either the Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña International Airports you will be met by The Divine Destination Collection and transferred privately to the quaint Parador de Monforte de Lemos, approximately a 1.5 hour drive through beautiful Galician landscapes. We will be staying at this historic hotel for two (2) nights.

PARADOR DE MONFORTE DE LEMOS

The historic site of San Vicente do Pino is located in the uppermost part of the town of Monforte de Lemos. It is made up of the keep, San Vicente do Pino Monastery and the palace of the Counts of Lemos, which houses the Parador de Monforte Hotel. The monastery dates back to the 9th century, although the current structure was built in the 17th century in the neoclassical style. The building has a neoclassical central cloister with exceptionally well carved stonework. It is the ideal space for events, or simply to enjoy a stroll amid the silence and beauty of the stone.

Depending on flight arrivals take a quick nap or perhaps wander the 17th century town of Monforte de Lemos.

Tonight, we will gather privately for cocktails on the lawns overlooking the picturesque town of Monforte de Lemos. Entitled Vistas and Visions… Drink in both the fabulous local wines and the compelling vista as waiters serve local delicacies to whet your appetite for the private sit down tasting menu of typical Galician dishes and local wines.

When you travel with The Divine Destination Collection, you can be assured that you will experience spirituality, adventure and luxury. We will pull back the veil and reveal the truest essence of each magical destination. On the Camino, we have partnered with Sue Kenney, Camino Pilgrim, author, and speaker who will regale and delight us with stories of her adventures and paint a picture of what is about to unfold. It is here we create our Vision, where we will set “our intention” for our sacred journey on the Camino…tonight we reflect on our pending journey, walking back to our authentic selves with Sue Kenney. It promises to transform…

SUE KENNEY

Author, Speaker, Camino Pilgrim and Coach Sue Kenney has completed the Camino 22 times and is considered an expert pilgrim. Her life work is to share the incredible experience of walking, simplifying life and embodying the virtues of being a pilgrim in life. Sue will walk with us and also lead us in a journaling workshop as well as offering people the opportunity to try “barefooting”.

After being suddenly downsized from her corporate telecom career, Sue embarked on the Camino to find purpose in her life. She walked alone in the winter and had a life-altering experience. Now she inspires others to walk the Camino; Coaching and Guiding groups twice a year. Five years ago Sue was called to start walking barefoot to be fully connected to Mother Earth. She designed the first pair of soleless footwear and pitched her business idea for Barebottom Shoes on the hit TV show Dragon’s Den.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019:  

Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel.

And so it begins! This morning we will begin our 118 km (73 miles) Camino Pilgrimage along the Camino Frances (French Way) in Sarria. In the spirit of the Divine Destination Collection, this long and winding road journey will take you through the expansive Spanish countryside and quaint villages while challenging your body, mind, heart and soul. Allison and Deb have walked this path before you and have designed each day to be challenging, yet doable, and there will be morning stops for delicious aromatic coffee, delicacies and afternoon respites with your favourite adult beverage.

A customized Camino pack with your official Camino Passport (which you will get stamped along the way as proof that you have walked the last 100 km (62 miles)), and goodies you will need along the walk will be provided.

The Divine Destination Collection will also provide a highly trained yoga instructor private for our clients who will work with us to lead us through morning stretches, poses at rest stops, lunches and end of the day, muscle releasing stretches.

Every day The Divine Destination Collection wraps its arms around you as Sue Kenney directs, informs, inspires, and shares experiences from this soulful pilgrimage called The Camino de Santiago Compostela. Every day our private yoga instructor will work with us to ensure we are giving ourselves the tender loving care our bodies need to traverse this way, the Way of St. James.

Today will walk 22.5 km (14 miles) from Sarria to Portmarín.

Discovering the local flavour is part of the adventure of walking the Camino, and today we’ll enjoy a rural lunch along the way at Paradela. The owners will be on hand to welcome us. The walking is equally as important as the reflecting, so we will be stopping both before and after lunch for bio breaks and treats.

Tonight we will be immersed in this picturesque medieval town as we embark on our Tapas Taverna Encounter where we will enjoy local hors d’oeuvres and dinner in two of Monforte de Lemos best tapas taverns, complete with delicious local wines.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019:  

Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel.

We traverse from Portmarín to Palas de Rei (25 km/15.5 miles), and today we’ll stop at Ventas de Naron and spread our blankets on the expansive lawn for a picnic lunch complete with water, wine and beer.

While you walk, your luggage which will be sent on ahead to our next stop A Parada das Bestas, a beautifully renovated 18th Century Galician farmhouse which we will call home for the next two nights.

A PARADA DAS BESTAS

Famous for its outstanding cuisine, Maria Varela the owner (with her husband Suso) works her magic in the kitchen combining the tradition of Galician gastronomy with the best of modern cuisine. They were even featured on the PBS 13 episode series “On the Road Again” with Gwyneth Paltrow and famous Spanish chefs.

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Tonight, post-yoga stretch, stroll to the quaint dining room for a delectable Farm to Fork dinner in this renowned restaurant famous for its delicious cuisine and organic local products and a recipient of many prestigious Spanish food awards.

Thursday, May 9, 2019:  

We embark on the next stage of our journey…15 km (9.3 miles) from Palas de Rei to Melide along zen forest roads, across beautiful streams… the walking can at times include spirited conversation or serene solitude. The countryside continually offers lovely vistas with medieval churches and picturesque villages.

Our casual lunch today will be served at the famous Pulpería Ezequiel restaurant, known for its delicious octopus, soups, salads and homemade bread.

The walk ends after lunch today and before returning to our hotel we’ll stop by a rural family farm to taste delicious local wines and homemade cheeses. The owner will also guide us through the original farmhouse. The grounds and new builds on this property are a juxtaposition of ancient and modern and the cheese is sublime!

This evening we will venture out for our Galician Gastronomic Experience and dine at the O Muiño de Pena a charming 19th Century mill converted into a cosy guesthouse and restaurant. Also known for its local cuisine, this beautiful setting combined with the excellent cuisine amazes as you reflect on the reality of this very unique and unlikely pilgrim encounter.

Friday, May 10, 2019:  

Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel.

Our journey today is a 14 km (8.5 miles) walk from Melide to Arzúa. We will have a surprise or two planned for this leg of the Camino. Trust us, it’s worth waiting for!

Once again, we will send your luggage on ahead to our next stop… A Quinta de Auga a Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel and spa. We will have three (3) glorious nights here to recharge and perhaps enjoy a spa treatment (or two).

A QUINTA DA AUGA

A Quinta da Auga, the only Hotel Spa Relais & Châteaux in Galicia, is a beautifully restored 18th Century paper mill on the banks of the Sar River. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens, walking paths and bamboo copses on a large 2.5 acre estate outside of Santiago de Compostela. Quinta de Auga also features a unique 5 star Spa as well as the Filigrana Restaurant, which offers a true “Galicia Haute Cuisine” experience.

Lunch and the afternoon is at leisure and on own to enjoy the resort or book yourself a well-deserved spa appointment! Surrender to the beauty of this pastoral jewel.

Tonight the magic of your experience is enhanced as we invite you to a private Secret Garden Evening at the hotel complete with gourmet dinner, local wines and local entertainment in a hidden oasis on the property.

Saturday, May 11, 2019:  

Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel.

We walk a 19 km (12 miles) trek from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo, become mesmerised and then refreshed with quaint stops along the way for coffee and a picnic lunch as well as beverages & cocktails at the end of the day.

So… we have experienced the unique and delicious cuisine of Galicia all week and tonight we immerse you into the heart and soul of the cuisine as we offer a Private Cooking Experience at Casa do Cruceiro, a unique restored 18th Century farmhouse. Here we will cook with the Chef and prepare our own dinner, which is topped off with amazing local wines. Delicioso!

Sunday, May 12, 2019:  

Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel.

Our final day of walking… this last leg of the Camino is from Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela and will be in two parts, the first 15 km (9.3 miles) will be on horseback, a truly magical experience and the last 5 km (3.1 miles) and the final push into the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela will be on foot. As usual, we will surprise and delight you as we have done on each day at our pop-up stops for rests, snacks and lunch.

Feel the mounting anticipation, the joy and relief as well as the palpable spirit when entering the Cathedral; imagine how the original pilgrims must have felt as they arrived centuries ago from all over the world. You have arrived… heart filled, mind expanded and soul shining…

Return to Quinta da Auga for an evening and dinner at leisure and on your own.

Monday, May 13, 2019:  

This morning we will have a bit of a lie in and depart after a late leisurely breakfast.
No need to wait in line, as The Divine Destination Collection staff will take all our Pilgrim Passports to the Pilgrims Office to obtain everyone’s official Compostela (Certificate).

We will head into Santiago de Compostela for a private guided walking experience through the old town. After which we will check-in to the famous Parador de Santiago where we will spend our last night… throw open your room’s cathedral-like windows and allow the sounds and smells of this medieval town to enter. From buskers to street vendors this place is alive and pulses with sweet sound and energy.

PARADOR DE SANTIAGO

The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. It is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world. A stay at this Parador means a visit to a truly unique and exclusive location.

The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims travelling to Santiago. Today, it continues to invite visitors to enjoy a city that is as universal as it is fascinating. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room

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Tonight we reflect on what we have achieved and how it has touched our soul (and soles) with a Farewell Sacred and Serene evening held privately in the Sacristy at the famed Parador de Santiago. It wouldn’t be a Divine Destination Collection experience without a surprise or two!

Tuesday May 14, 2019:  

Breakfast is included and at leisure in the hotel.

Check out and departure. Private transfers to either the Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña International Airports will be provided for your flights home.

We have spent our time together walking, we have reflected, we have encountered the hidden gems, revealed the beauty and discovered the spirit of our destination and at the same time revealed special things about us to our destination, our travel companions and most importantly… ourselves…

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Camino Fitness

Camino Fitness

Camino Fitness

YOUR CAMINO FITNESS PROGRAM

We have put together a comprehensive (yet very doable) 6-month fitness program to help prepare you for our Divine Pilgrimage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you have consulted your doctor prior to embarking on any fitness training and/or joining us on the Camino.

MONTH 1: ARE YOU IN GOOD SHAPE?

EXERCISE: 10 KMS 1-2 TIMES PER WEEK

What is your physical condition? We would recommend a visit to your general practitioner for an overall check-up before you set off on our journey. If you have a health concern/condition, knowing and understanding the implications and consequences of strenuous exercise will be very important. This knowledge will be worth your weight in gold and will minimize potential problems that may pop up during our Divine Pilgrimage. So let’s be prepared.

Are you in good shape? If not, then let’s get you started on a regular fitness programme, one which is consistent, realistic and enjoyable. The following is a 6-month general program that will get you in shape. This month you should be exercising at least 25-30 minutes three times per week on alternate days and combining walking and jogging. Include your hiking gear and keep your routes varied (mixing hills, steps and uneven terrain).

If you are in good shape and exercise regularly, great! Keep up the good work! But remember you still need to challenge yourself. Take more difficult hikes!

MONTH 2: T-REX SYNDROME

EXERCISE: 15 KMS 1-2 TIMES PER WEEK

T-REX SYNDROME – The Obsession with exercising Only the Legs!!  Yes, exercising those legs are important, but making sure your stomach, hips and lower and upper back are strong will be paramount for your Camino.  As you walk, jog and climb stairs, the weight of your upper body is transferred into the hips and lower back and in turn into the knees and ankles.

If these areas are weak, simple activities such as walking, jogging, climbing stairs will place continuous stress on the body and could result in injury if left unaddressed.

NOTE: It is very common to have a weak stomach, hips and lower back

RISK FACTORS INCLUDE:

  • Prolonged sitting (desk based job, driving).
  • Lack of Exercise.
  • Poor Posture (sitting, standing, performing repetitive movements).

GUIDANCE:

  • Get assessed – What are the areas that need to be strengthened?
  • Upper body exercise.
MONTH 3: PREVENTING CHAFING

EXERCISE 5-7 KMS 3 TIMES PER WEEK

WHAT IS CHAFING?

Chafing is the irritation of the skin due to repetitive friction (the rubbing together) of body parts and/or clothing. Common areas: Groin (inner thigh), buttocks (inner glutes), armpits, nipples, bra line.

CAUSES:

  • Repetitive movement during activities such as walking, running, hiking for extended periods of time, the skin can become irritated.
  • Sweat: If sweat is allowed to dry and you continue exercising, the salt residue left behind from sweat can intensify the friction and cause further irritation.
  • Developed areas: People who have well-developed quadriceps (thigh muscles) or tight bone structures will be at higher risk of experiencing chafing.

PREVENTION:

  • Keep Hydrated: Drink plenty of water.
  • Clothing: Wear snug clothing such as shorts but ensure they are not too tight.
  • Stay Dry: Use talcum powder or corn starch to stay dry.
  • Lubricant

Treatment: Wash with soap and warm water, apply an antibacterial ointment or antiseptic spray and cover with a band-aid.

MONTH 4 – MOTTO-VATION

EXERCISE 40 – 60 MINS. WALKING 3 TIMES PER WEEK, PLUS ONE 40 MINUTE CYCLE OR SWIM

Do you have a motto?

If Yes. Then write it down now in BIG WRITING on a LARGE piece of cardboard! If Not. Then make one up! What’s your goal? Think about it and put words together. It only has to mean something to you!

Make it POP OUT , make it colourful. Put it over your TV, on your fridge door, the wall next to your bed, along the dashboard of your car – somewhere where you will always SEE IT!

Every time you see your Motto, it will remind you of your GOAL…of what’s important to you.

Slowly it will Motto-vate you! This is Your Time!

MONTH 5: IS HEEL PAIN STOPPING YOU?

EXERCISE: 40 – 60 MINS. WALK 3 TIMES PER WEEK AND A LOCAL HIKE 1-2 TIMES PER WEEK

The pain is described as being dull aching and can be reproduced by flexing the toes upward (dorsiflexion) and tensing the fascia. If the plantar fascia ligament is not rested, the inflammation and heel pain will get worse. Other conditions such as the repetitive stress of walking or running will contribute to inflammation and pain.

The traditional remedies for plantar fasciitis include stretching the calf, massaging, decreasing one’s training, losing weight, purchasing better fitting shoes, icing the sore heel and taking ibuprofen.

Nothing in the world feels better on swollen feet than dunking them in a nice cold creek! The flowing water massages your toes, increases circulation, numbs the pain and makes everything feel good for a little while. Another option is soaking your feet in an ice-filled bathtub.

 

HERE ARE SOME OF OUR TOP TIPS:

  • Wear lightweight and breathable shoes (that fit!).
  • Wear socks that provide enough cushion (but not so thick that they overheat your feet).
  • When choosing hiking socks, chose a combination of cushion and breathability.
  • Clean your feet often and dunk them in cold/ice water whenever possible.
MONTH 6: AVOIDING SHIN SPLINTS

EXERCISE: 25-35 MINS WALK 3 TIMES PER WEEK. TRY HILLS AND UNEVEN TERRAIN. BRINGING HIKING GEAR (BAG, WATER, SHOES)

What are Shin Splints?

Shin Splints refer to pain along your shin bone, as the result of repetitive stress to the large bone and muscle along the front of your lower leg.
 

CAUSES:

  • Intensifying or changing your training routine.
  • Running on unfamiliar terrain.
  • Wearing worn-out boots/shoes.
  • Increasing mileage too quickly.

TREATMENT:

  • Most cases of shin splints can be treated with rest, ice and other self-care measures.
  • Wearing proper footwear and modifying exercises.

WHAT TO DO:

  • During your Camino walk, if you experience few twinges along your shin bone, rest right away. Stretch the muscle for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.
5 GREAT EXERCISES: FOR WALKERS GETTING READY FOR THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
  • Front of Thigh: Catch heel with your hand and bring it toward your buttocks. Use a wall as balance. Ensure the knees are aligned and back is straight. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, repeat
  • Back of Lower Leg: Bring one leg in front of the other, toes pointing straight. Keep heel of back leg firmly on the ground. Lean gently forward. Keep leg straight, keep heel on the ground.
  • Ab Work Out on the Move: Blow out until you can’t anymore. You will feel your stomach getting tight. Once you feel the tightness, hold and breathe normally. Do it as often as you can when walking or cycling, holding for 15-30 seconds each time.
  • Shoulder Stretch: Bring your arm across your chest. Hold it with the other, pushing it toward your chest. You should feel a pull in your shoulders. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and switch arms.
  • Shin Stretch: Place one leg across and in front of the other. Place tip of the foot on the ground. With the knee of the back leg, press gently on the calf of the front leg. You should feel the stretch on the shin of your front leg. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.
THE BENEFITS OF WALKING POLES

It has been shown that using walking poles will reduce the accumulated stress on the feet, legs, knees and back by sharing the load more evenly across the entire body.

TREKKING/WALKING POLES CAN ALSO:

  • Protect knees, especially when walking down steep hills
  • Improve your power and endurance when walking uphill
  • Aid balance on uneven trails
  • Improve posture, making walkers more upright as they walk and in turn helps breathing
  • Increase speed, especially going downhill
  • Provide extra stability
  • Reduce fatigue and improve endurance
  • Burn more calories by providing an upper body work out as well as a legs workout
  • Strengthen muscles that support the spine.
  • Build muscles in arms, shoulders and neck.
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Delicioso: Camino Cuisine

The many routes of the Camino de Santiago cross different regions (in some cases countries), each with its own traditions, culture and food. If you are walking the Camino de Santiago along the French Way, from the French border, here are some classic dishes and traditional produce you will be able to taste.

Camino Fun Facts

The history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela stretches back more than 1000 years to the discovery of the body of Saint James during the reign of King Alfonso II (792-842)…

Camino Spanish & Galician

Galician is a Romance language (i.e., from Latin) spoken by about 3 million people in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. Although it’s most closely related to Portuguese—which is spoken south of the border—it shares many similarities with Castilian Spanish, including sounds and spelling.

Camino Reading

Your spiritual journey can begin long before you begin walking the Camino de Santiago with a great travel book. Here is a list of some of our favourite books to read prior to your travels.

Camino Music

One of the biggest cultural differences between Galicia and any other place in Spain is in its musical tradition. It has long been thought that Galician music owes its roots to the ancient Celtic history…

Camino Movies

“The Way” is probably the most popular movie about the Camino de Santiago. The story follows a loving father and son plot, detailing the journey of Thomas Avery (actor Martin Sheen) along the Camino…

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Delicioso: Camino Cuisine

Delicioso: Camino Cuisine

Delicioso! Camino Cuisine

THE CAMINO IN 10 DISHES

The many routes of the Camino de Santiago cross different regions (in some cases countries), each with its own traditions, culture and food. If you are walking the Camino de Santiago along the French Way, from the French border, here are some classic dishes and traditional produce you will be able to taste.

DISH 1: WHITE ASPARAGUS

Navarra’s white asparagus are the most famous in Spain. They are delicious with just a dollop of mayonnaise sauce. Another Navarrese speciality is ‘pochas’, a regional type of bean, stewed with Serrano ham cubes. 

DISH 2: CHILINDRÓN SAUCE

Chilindrón is a traditional sauce from Navarra, Basque Country and Aragón regions, made with red vegetables, mainly tomatoes and red peppers. You will likely find meats such as lamb or chicken cooked ‘al chilindrón’, in ‘chilindrón’ sauce.

DISH 3: POTATOES RIOJA STYLE

From La Rioja region of course, famous for its red wine, you will find a variety of dishes cooked ‘a la Riojana’, ‘Rioja-style’, including potatoes. This is more than just a potato dish, the potatoes are stewed in a clear broth with chorizo sausage.

DISH 4: ICE CREAM IN LOGROÑO

Marzipan, goats cheese with blueberries, cherry and orange sorbets, Ferrero Rocher… any ice cream flavour you might imagine you will find it in Logroño, capital of La Rioja and famous for its wine but also a city with a deep ice cream making tradition.

DISH 5: TAPAS IN BURGOS

Go for tapas in the many bars in Burgos, offering a wide variety of flavours and combinations so you can taste as many different dishes as possible.

 

DISH 6: CURED MEATS IN LEÓN

As you get into Castilla-León, cured meats become even more prominent in restaurant menus. Cecina, smoked beef, is a local speciality and cured meats (embutidos) from this region are of exceptional quality.

DISH 7: CAKES AND CHOCOLATE FROM ASTORGA

Astorga had at one stage up to 64 chocolate factories – we were assured by Camino, the shop assistant, at the Alonso Mantecados shop in the Plaza de España. As good an excuse as any to stop and taste some of the artisan chocolate made locally. Don’t forget to try the famous ‘mantecados’ (little buttery cakes) and ‘hojaldres’ (super sweet sticky puffy pastries). There is also a chocolate museum in town.

DISH 8: BOTILLO IN EL BIERZO

You will cross El Bierzo on sections 6 and 7 of the French Way, its capital being Ponferrada. The most famous dish of this region is ‘botillo’. It is a dish where various parts of the pig are chopped, seasoned, spiced and stuffed together to be cured and smoked for a few days. It gets cooked and sliced before serving and can also be eaten in stews.

DISH 9: OCTOPUS ‘MARKET FAIR STYLE’ IN MELIDE

One of Galicia’s most typical dishes is octopus, eaten traditionally on market days, hence its name in Galego (pulpo á feira – octopus market day style). Stop for a ‘ración’ (portion) at a real ‘pulpería’, a bar or restaurant specialised in cooking octopus, where the octopus is simply boiled and served with a sprinkle of sea salt and smoked paprika.

DISH 10: ARZÚA CHEESE

Before you get to Santiago, you will pass the market town of Arzúa. Explore the small shops in town to get a taste of the local cheese, for example at the old school butcher shop of father and son Luís and Luís, also known as ‘Carnicería Tarazona’. They will milk the cow for fresh milk on the spot and they sell the traditional Arzúa cheese, as well as their meats. The family has been running the establishment for over 100 years.

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Delicioso: Camino Cuisine

The many routes of the Camino de Santiago cross different regions (in some cases countries), each with its own traditions, culture and food. If you are walking the Camino de Santiago along the French Way, from the French border, here are some classic dishes and traditional produce you will be able to taste.

Camino Fun Facts

The history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela stretches back more than 1000 years to the discovery of the body of Saint James during the reign of King Alfonso II (792-842)…

Camino Spanish & Galician

Galician is a Romance language (i.e., from Latin) spoken by about 3 million people in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia. Although it’s most closely related to Portuguese—which is spoken south of the border—it shares many similarities with Castilian Spanish, including sounds and spelling.

Camino Reading

Your spiritual journey can begin long before you begin walking the Camino de Santiago with a great travel book. Here is a list of some of our favourite books to read prior to your travels.

Camino Music

One of the biggest cultural differences between Galicia and any other place in Spain is in its musical tradition. It has long been thought that Galician music owes its roots to the ancient Celtic history…

Camino Movies

“The Way” is probably the most popular movie about the Camino de Santiago. The story follows a loving father and son plot, detailing the journey of Thomas Avery (actor Martin Sheen) along the Camino…

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