Leaving Home and Coming Back

In this personal piece written for the anthology of pilgrims' experiences My Camino Walk #2, I describe the power of my first Camino walk in 1993 undertaken before the Internet became integral to daily life. The mental isolation I experienced on that trip was fundamental to the overall impact of that journey on my life.

Here are 15 tips to help you reflect on ways to keep youself “on the road” mentally rather than engage your mind with your mobile tech devices to the detriment of being present on the Camino. Unchecked tech usage limits your capacity to connect deeply with the Camino and yourself.  

In January 2017, I gave the keynote address at the Confraternity of St James’ Annual General Meeting in London titled The Smart Camino: Pilgrimage in the Internet Age. In the talk I briefly review some general changes I’ve noticed over the last 25 years and then present my research on the incorporation of new media technology into the Camino and how this has impacted being a pilgrim.