If I had to give you my opinion, I would tell you that the best option to do the Camino is always to be accompanied. But when I started to assess the advantages and disadvantages of each option I had to change the header that was written and ask you this reflection, because I am not so clear about it anymore.
I think both options are great. It all depends on what you are looking for in your adventure, at what moment you are and also influences, I suppose, the reason why you are going to start walking.
What has become clear to me is that there is no clearly better option than the other. Therefore, below we are going to analyze the pros and cons of doing the Camino alone and doing it accompanied.
The path in solitude
Leaving behind the prejudice that this option of the Camino is for people with a more solitary character, I will tell you that it is an option that those who have already walked it classify as “enriching”.
It is a way to get to know yourself better, to be with yourself and to enjoy your own company. A way to connect with yourself.
There is another advantage that seems to me to be one of the most interesting and that is that you will walk at your own pace, only you will decide the breaks you will take and the time for each of them. You can choose to travel more or less kilometers every day depending on how tired you are.
On the other hand, as our instinct is to socialize, when we go alone we will always start a conversation and, sometimes, friendship with other pilgrims who have also decided to embark on the experience alone.
On the other hand, perhaps it gives you a certain respect to go alone on unknown paths. In this case, do not put aside your idea of doing the Camino alone and opt for one of the busiest routes and on dates with more influx. As we have already mentioned on other occasions, the French Way is the busiest, although you could also opt for the English or Portuguese Way.
The Camino accompanied
The truth is that what we have listed as the advantages of going alone, become the disadvantages of going accompanied, because you will not have the opportunity to enjoy yourself and you will have to adapt to the pace that most want or can follow.
In addition, you will have to opt for the itinerary chosen by consensus, which may not be the one you had in mind.
As for the advantages, they are innumerable, highlighting the company, the security that being accompanied can give you or knowing that you will always have someone to turn to in case of an emergency.
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