Whilst I usually just book flights and a tour and go along for the journey on holiday, this is a little different.
Initially I was oblivious as to the temperature and climate, but I realised last week that I needed to make a plan and research some facts to ensure that I was prepared and had the best chance to finish and overcome my fears.
**Do I need to book accommodation or do I just hope there is something each night? (Apparently the time of year I am traveling I will be fine just to turn up in the afternoons but I can phone ahead each day if needed).
**Is it going to be snowing (I have never seen snow so for me I don’t know what I need to do to prepare for this?)
**What do I pack as I need to carry everything?
**What training do I need to do?
**What training do I need to do for the Pyrenees as this is meant to be the hardest part?
What I realise looking at the list is that none of these are actually big issues but when you are thinking about them they can seem like mountains. So I did what I would tell business owners I found people who had done it before:
1. Blogs of people who had walked the Camino at the exact time of year as I am planning (looking at people a month earlier, there is lots of snow and a month later its really hot)
2. I asked people who have completed the journey and know me as to what training I needed to do.
The biggest thing I remind myself daily though is that the reason for the adventure is to get out of my comfort zone and to try something new. It is not normal for me to go to a country (where I don’t speak the language) with nothing but a guide book, some boots and limited clothes (aim is for 20kgs). For me, I do this all the time in business when I launch new programs, meet new clients, join new networking groups.
I have learnt that you need to get out of your comfort zone to see what else is possible to be achieved.