When I'm travelling I usually I just jump into it head first. I'll arrive in a new country with little more than the knowledge I don’t need a visa prior to arrival at the border. It can be exciting figuring things out as you go. Sometimes you really need to do some research and plan out a few things. The Camino de Santiago falls into the latter category.
There's something that sits uneasily with me about books with titles along the lines of "10,000 quaint towns to drive through before you die". I think it's two things, firstly it reduces what should be a lifetime of rich and sometimes serendipitous experiences into a laundry list that we get scored on when we finally croak it.
In advertising, one of the first responsibilities a new account exec is given is maintaining the WIP document. "Always put the client's logo first, make sure our logo isn't any bigger than theirs" are a couple of the prescriptive directions given. The reason for this should seem self evident, to show you're putting them and their interests before your own. This, of course, is only a small thing but one of many small things that add up to demonstrate we've got our 'self orientation' in check.
Or more correctly the Camino Francés. This is the mostly popular of many routes starting all throughout Europe and converging on Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. It is the original (technically the only) pilgrimage and gained it's popularity in the Middle Ages. Pilgrims, or perigrinos in Spanish, travel to pay homage to Saint James who is beleived to be buried on the site now occupied by the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
If somewhere's got a fort or castle or anything your enemies would want to fire artillery at then I've got to check it out. I almost drove my family mad with my daily requests on our road trip of England to stop off at an Iron Age hill fort, a dark age ruin or, in one instance, some rich guys house that just happened to look castle-like.