As a woman, you have certainly often chosen the longest but best lit path to your home at night. When you go home alone at night, you always have your mobile phone and keys in your hand; you text your friends, family or partner as soon as you arrive, and many times you feel insecure. This is a common situation among women: feeling insecure or afraid when we go alone.
So, what can the experience of walking the Way of Saint James alone bring us? How can we manage to overcome our mental barriers and launch ourselves into adventure? Below I will tell you what this experience can help us to achieve. Keep reading!
Overcoming our fears
Starting with the basics: overcoming our fears. Doing the Way of Saint James alone can be an experience that you may not consider a priori, for fear of going alone. As they say, “fear is free” and everyone can feel fear for different reasons: the simple fact of going alone, the fear of getting lost, feeling insecure…
Even if you feel this way at the beginning and are hesitant, we assure you that doing the path alone has more benefits than cons. The Way of Saint James is a totally safe environment, full of more pilgrims and services, so you will never be alone and you will feel safe at all times. As it is very well signposted, it is practically impossible to get lost. Also, keep in mind that there will always be another pilgrim nearby walking with you.
However, if you are afraid for these reasons, you can always choose one of the busiest routes such as the French or Portuguese route, so you will be sure to meet many people throughout the day.
Overcoming ourselves physically and psychologically
If you’re not used to exercising or walking many miles, this experience will put you to a physical test and get you through each day. When you finish, we assure you that you will feel much stronger and more motivated, and willing to face anything.
This physical well-being you will experience will also translate into tremendous mental well-being. Along the way you will overcome your fears and realise that you are capable of anything you set your mind to.
Finally, meeting strangers and learning to share with them will help you overcome many mental barriers and insecurities. This will help you to trust yourself and others more in the future. There will always be someone to help you if you need it and you will do the same with others, that is the spirit of the path.
Advice for women who walk the road alone
–Be careful: It is important to be informed beforehand about the trip we are going to make as well as everything necessary to carry it out. In our blog you will find all the information.
–Prepare your luggage well: When we have decided to do the Way of Saint James it is essential to know what to take. We must be sure to take what is necessary. We help you to know what to put in your backpack.
–What to do: As we have already mentioned before, if you feel unsure, it is better to start by doing one of the most popular routes such as the French or Portuguese route. A good idea might also be to do the route with your pet.
–If you have doubts about planning, look for help: If you don’t know where to start or how to plan your trip, there are specialised agencies that will help you with everything you need.
–Ignore your fears! It’s a very safe trip, don’t be fooled. Leave your fears behind, open your mind, and start living this adventure.
There are many women who have already left their mark on the Camino de Santiago and more and more are following in their footsteps. Brave, adventurous women, with a desire to eat up the world. What are you waiting for to take the step into this wonderful adventure?
Ultreia et suseia pilgrims!