As we have already discussed in previous blog post, the approximate daily budget for the Camino de Santiago is around € 30 per person. We have found a post that tells us how we can do the Camino de Santiago for € 9 a day per person. Yes, € 9. In the post they comment that they have acted in this way and that they have verified it in the first person.
We agree with certain practices of collaborative economy as local economies are strengthened and priority is given to the product of proximity, as producers and consumers win, but some of the tips proposed already border on begging. Each one is free to do the Camino de Santiago as he wants to propose, but on a level of equality, not only one that wins (and this goes for pilgrims and professionals of the Camino de Santiago).
On this occasion we will give you some valuable recommendations to reduce costs to the maximum. Here we tell you how to do it:
- First of all, and knowing that camping is not allowed outside the authorized spaces in Spain, get yourself a tent. You will have to deal with the owners of a private inhabited land to allow you to camp for free in it. Also, if you get a good mat and a good sleeping bag you could sleep outdoors or sheltered by the eaves of some construction, but only in the middle of summer and not in all the sections of the Camino de Santiago.
- Use collaborative hosting networks, couchsurfing type. Not only will you save on accommodation costs, but sometimes the host can indulge you with a frugal dinner or show you the best places to dine or go for tapas (free if possible). This system does not work in all the places of the Camino, but in the main cities of the Camino de Santiago such as Pamplona, Burgos, León or Santiago de Compostela itself.
- Buy the next day’s meal the night before at a supermarket. You’ll have to carry some weight, but you save going through small towns where you can only buy food at the bar at a higher price.
- Buy fresh local and seasonal fruit. It’s cheaper and tasty. We also recommend cans of fish and artisanal bread.
- Knock on the door of the houses and ask them if you can buy them some of the food they have at home. With a little luck, they will give you some or invite you to a coffee and a cake in exchange for a conversation.
- Share washing machine expenses by washing your clothes with other pilgrims. If you would normally spend € 5 on a wash, if you share with another pilgrim we already talked about half the price.
- Do not spend on guides superfluously. The Camino is perfectly indicated with yellow arrows and shells. Most of the hostels have information through guides that provide or you can always borrow from other pilgrims.
- The same goes for medicines and foot care items. You will always find other pilgrims who can give you ibuprofen or bandages. In addition, you will make them happy to help you.
As we have said before, these words have been taken from another blog and do not represent our philosophy. Each one must examine their conscience and decide how they want to live the Camino de Santiago.
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