Seven Tips to Make the Most of the Camino de Santiago

Non-Fiction - Travel
180 Pages
Reviewed on 12/11/2010
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Author Biography

Cheri Powell has walked the Camino de Santiago twice. The first time in 2005 with her husband was the inspiration for the first edition of this book. She walked it again in 2012 and has updated this book to reflect the changes that have taken place on the Camino. Cheri has traveled and lived abroad, volunteered for Peace Corps in Africa, and Taught English as a Second Language in Belize and Mexico. She currently lives with her husband, Rick, and cat, Sadie, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

Cheri Powell offers readers a pre-trip look at traveling to Camino. I found the information on St. James fascinating. James was the Apostle to Jesus Christ. The Apostles scattered after the crucifixion. James went to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain.) He returned to Jerusalem and was beheaded. He was the first martyred apostle. Twenty two miracles are attributed to St. James. There is much more to the legend, but I will allow readers to discover that for themselves.

Powell offers readers a list of what to take with them on this incredible journey. She also offers a list of what not to take: hair dryer, water bottle, night clothes and jewelry. Good walking shoes are a must! The "what to bring list" is thorough and invaluable. I laughed at the list of what clothing you will need. I always over pack. Nightclothes (pjs) are not needed. "When sleeping in a room with up to 100 people privacy is lost."

I found the section on "Some Good Things To Know" filled with excellent information. This section covers everything from hostels to food, water, and currency. Readers will also want to pay particular attention to the section on etiquette. Different countries observe different customs. As a guest it is your responsibility to observe and respect their way of life. Toward the end of the book there are several charts: one is to help figure the cost of the trip and another is for shopping and what you need to take with you. Powell offers internet links for more information. The worksheets are downloadable from the author's website,

I must say the author has tempted me to visit Camino. If I do make the trip, I will be well prepared thanks to Cheri Powell's Seven Tips to Make the Most of the Camino de Santiago.