The Packing List #75 – November 19, 2017 – Otters take flight in Singapore

By kristaspurr Hello! The autumn chill has set in where I live in Canada and I’m ready to hide under many layers until the sun reappears. I even saw snow while I was away! Nothing could have prepared me for that. Anyhoo, let’s talk travel plans, preferably to somewhere warm, along with …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #76 – November 26, 2017 – Kitchen Party at Gate 2c

By kristaspurr Hello! We’re wedged in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I hope you are finding lots of good travel deals for the year ahead. I’ve been finishing the first draft of a novel for National Novel Writing Month, so that’s kept me churning out 2,000 words a …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #74 – November 5, 2017 – Paul Manafort’s AirBNB

By kristaspurr Hello! Where did November come from? It seems like just yesterday I was trying not to buy mini chocolate bars. Okay, it was yesterday, there’s still discount Halloween candy at the shops. All of this explains my recent burst of blog productivity. I published two posts this week about my …read more Source: Bite Sized...

Sleeping and Accommodations on the Caminho Portugues

By kristaspurr <img width="350" src="https://bitesizedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/00-20170928_143228.jpg?w=113&h=150" alt="porto caminho best guest hostel" srcset="https://bitesizedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/00-20170928_143228.jpg?w=113&h=150 113w, https://bitesizedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/00-20170928_143228.jpg?w=226 226w" sizes="(max-width: 113px) 100vw, 113px" data-attachment-id="11298" data-permalink="https://bitesizedtravel.ca/2017/11/02/sleeping-and-accommodations-on-the-caminho-portugues/00-20170928_143228/" data-orig-file="https://bitesizedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/00-20170928_143228.jpg" data-orig-size="1512,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta='{"aperture":"1.7","credit":"","camera":"SM-G930W8","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1506609148","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.2","iso":"50","shutter_speed":"0.00054347826086957","title":"","orientation":"1"}' data-image-title="porto caminho best guest hostel" data-image-description=" porto caminho best guest hostel ” data-medium-file=”https://bitesizedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/00-20170928_143228.jpg?w=225″ data-large-file=”https://bitesizedtravel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/00-20170928_143228.jpg?w=616″> Having already walked one Camino, I knew what to expect from albergue life: bunk beds, noise, and wildly variable sleep quality. Settle in for a long read, because I’m going to share everything I can remember about my accommodations on the Caminho Portugues. Finding accommodations on the Caminho Portugues Finding accommodations on …read more Source: Bite Sized...

Budget and expenses: The cost of the Caminho Portugues (2017)

By kristaspurr I wrote a detailed post about my 2014 Camino Francès budget and expenses and it’s now among the most popular posts on the site. Heading back to the Camino, this time in both Portugal and Spain, I dutifully recorded all of my expenses for the second time. Why? First, …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #73 – October 29, 2017 – £46 for a private flight

By kristaspurr Hello! Hallowe’en is here and I can’t think of anything scarier than the new enhanced screening questionnaire for travelers to the United States. Spooooky! Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week! News you can use People traveling to the United States from anywhere else are being warned to arrive …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #72 – October 22, 2017 – Direct from Dublin to Copenhagen!

By kristaspurr Hello! Is there anything worse, travel-wise, than the period after a trip and before the next trip? I’ve been keeping myself busy by writing about my Caminho Portugues and redecorating. The latter is almost as expensive and way less fun than the former. Hooray! Over on Bite-sized Travel this week, I …read more Source: Bite Sized...

Starting my Caminho Portugues in London

By kristaspurr I like the Camino journey being as geographically broad as possible. Starting at the doorstep at home instead of the albergue in Spain, for example. I especially like weaving my other travels into the Camino, which took me to a small church near the South Bank in London. <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="https://bitesizedtravel.ca/?attachment_id=11257" rel="attachment …read more Source: Bite Sized...

Getting my pilgrim credencial (2017)

By kristaspurr In addition to a government-issued passport, pilgrims require a credencial, a pilgrim passport that gets stamped at every stop on their Camino with sellos (carimbos in Portuguese) and serves as proof they walked, cycled or rode the required distances to earn the compostela upon arrival in Santiago de Compostela. If …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #71 – October 15, 2017 – Triumphant return!

By kristaspurr Hello! I’m back! While I was walking through Portugal and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, I had some time (okay, a lot of time) to think about what to do with this newsletter in the future. Over three weeks, I went from winding it down, to moving it to …read more Source: Bite Sized...

My Camino de Santiago packing list (2017): what worked, what didn’t

By kristaspurr My 2014 Camino Francès packing list is the most popular post on this website, and it’s because, generally, travelers are keenly interested in what other travelers pack. When it comes to the Camino de Santiago, travelers are OBSESSED with what other travelers pack – me included. Camino …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #69 – September 3, 2017 – Reselling Love Locks In Paris

By kristaspurr Hello! September has arrived! There’s a distinct chill in the air, which means the summer is over for most of us. For me, it means the countdown has started for my next big adventure, the Caminho Portugues. This will be my second Camino, but my first visit to Portugal, so …read more Source: Bite Sized...

Traveling for Laughs: MDWAP at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival

By kristaspurr What do you do when the #1 comedy podcast (in the United Kingdom) unexpectedly announces a show at 11:30 (in the morning) on a Thursday in a city only two hours away (by air)? You go. Such an adventure is pretty straightforward planning. It’s a rapid-fire execution of research and …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #68 – August 27, 2017 – Eclipse!

By kristaspurr Hello! We’re on the home stretch of summer, friends. Kids are already back at school in some places. Cars are getting loaded up for one last hurrah, and plans for one last long weekend are getting firmed up. What did you do on your summer vacation? Whatever it was, I …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #67 – August 20, 2017 – Moon Landing Travel Expenses

By kristaspurr Hello! It’s been a week. The news was bleak enough this week, then ended with a solid thud after the attack in Barcelona. So, where do we go from here? We go on. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week! Travel news you can use arcelona, among the most-visited …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #66 – August 13, 2017 – Conehead Passport

By kristaspurr Hello! How’s your summer/winter going? I’m doing my best to fill up the agenda with only-in-summer activities. For Canadians, this involves staying outdoors until the mosquitoes or bears carry you off, or make you a S’more. That’s a fact. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week! Travel news …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #65 – August 6, 2017 – Seven Welsh priests

By kristaspurr Hello! My part of Canada had a major mobile phone outage this week – a whole *four* hours. It’s inspired me to disconnect a little more during the remainder of summer. It’s a long weekend here, which means I’ll be cooking food over fire, learning Portuguese, and trying to finish …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #64- July 30, 2017 – Kit Kat Tourism

By kristaspurr Hello! Let’s just dive into it this week because I’m running very late due to the twin catastrophes of: 1) traveling during the time of the week I normally write; and, 2) figuring out how to make coffee after my coffee maker broke. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have …read more Source: Bite Sized...

The Packing List #63- July 23, 2017 – Bye bye, laptop ban

By kristaspurr Hello! Summer is going from strength to strength. We’ve had an almost rain-free July here in eastern Canada, which is great for endless summer fun. As I hoped, I got a message from an Irish reader and friend who provided an *accurate* Irish translation of the Camino de Santiago’s “Buen Camino!” …read more Source: Bite Sized...

A Linlithgow Palace detour between Glasgow and Edinburgh

By kristaspurr My time between Glasgow and Edinburgh was always a question mark. When planning this trip, I knew I had most of a day to spend however I wanted, and quickly ran into the nice problem of too many options. Research produced a number of small towns between those two cities …read more Source: Bite Sized...