Jul 14, 2021
Travel Gluten Free Podcast
Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago Trail with Jonathan Bengel Part I
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Jonathan Bengel from Naked Tax Talk joins me today for Part I of his story to tell of his epic adventure on his 500-mile journey while walking the Camino de Santiago trail. Jonathan gives details of his hardships, the other pilgrims he and his husband met along the way, and his mistakes while hiking the trail. He also shares his spiritual and philosophical perspective and lessons learned from this adventure through Europe.
Meet Jonathan Bengel
The world of tax is Jonathan’s life! Growing up in extreme poverty, Jonathan understands how money CAN bring YOU happiness, and he is eager and passionate about shining this light to financial delight for others. With a Bachelor’s in Business Accounting and a Master’s in Secondary Education, Jonathan has mastered profits and taxes over the past 16 years as an IRS Enrolled Agent. He has taken his firm from just 30,000 in revenue to multi-six figures, working with elite consultants, digital marketers, and many self-employed business owners.
What is the Camino de Santiago Trail?
The Camino de Santiago is also known as the Way of Saint James. This is an epic Catholic pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela starting in France. The Camino is actually a network of trails with its most popular route, the Camino Francés, sprawling from the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the foot of the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.
This well-worn trail has been walked since the early ninth century and has hosted notable people such as royalty, Roman armies, and Catholic pilgrims. Recently, it has attracted a more diverse crowd. In 2017 alone, over 300,000 hikers, known as “peregrinos,” or pilgrims, completed the trek to Santiago.
Beth Jusino is the author of the book Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago. “Walking the Camino is a chance to intentionally slow down and move at a human pace, to join a history that’s so much bigger than any of us individually.”
Why Jonathon Chose to Walk Over 500 Miles on the Camino de Santiago Trail
The Camino de Santiago is a unique window into the Iberian Peninsula’s historical, natural and cultural beauty. If you look at pictures online, it’s easy to see why he chose this adventure. Actually, he tells his story of why he went and about his husband choosing this journey for them to complete.
With only walking one mile for training, Jonathan and his husband took off for three months and walked the entire trail from start to finish. Listen to his comedic adventure story, how he overcame many of the physical challenges, and how he experienced life, death, and birth on the Camino de Santiago.
Backpacking Tips and Logistics
When planning to walk your pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, there’s a lot to keep in mind. Logistics, places of interest, and finding the best route for your budget, time frame, and fitness level is all key to having a fun and memorable experience on the trail.
Jonathan gives gear tips on what you should buy, what to carry with you, and talks about his mistakes on the trail and what he did to correct them. He also tells his side of the story about naming the group he and his husband walked with and why they want to go back for an anniversary trip!
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