Insights

Be nurtured by nature

We know our RAW Travel family is kind and considerate and patient. We’re offering up our spare loo paper with a smile. We’re sharing our garden produce with our neighbours. We’re planting more veggies instead of panicking.  It’s unprecedented times like these where we can feel the benefits of the resilience that we’ve built up….

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Green travel hacks #1 – say goodbye to single-use plastics

Reducing your impact on the environment while you travel. Here are the RAW Travel team’s green travel hacks for saying goodbye to single-use plastics. Only nine per cent of the nine billion tonnes of plastic the world has ever produced has been recycled! Most ends up in landfill, parks, along trails or in our oceans….

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Walking the Nyonin-michi Women’s Pilgrimage in Koyasan

Zoe Rees | Destination Expert Nyonin-michi Women’s Pilgrimage Up until 1872, women were not permitted into Koyasan, a village high in the Kii mountains. Instead, they would carry out their pilgrimage in a circumference around the sacred precinct, praying at the entrances. RAW Travel clients can pay homage to these women on a 2.5-hour hike…

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Preparing for the Kumano Kodo with a purification ceremony

Zoe Rees | Destination Expert Legend has it that the gods of the three main Kumano shrines were ceremonially transferred from Kumano Hongu Taisha and manifested in the Tokei-jinja Shrine. This shrine is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a great place to start your pilgrimage. In the past, many imperial and aristocratic pilgrims…

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How to obtain the Compostela for your Camino

Sarah Wilson | Destination Expert For many walkers, receiving the Compostela when they reach Santiago is one of the highlights of the Camino. What is a Compostela? The Compostela is the traditional pilgrimage certificate issued (in Latin) to walkers who have walked at least the final 100km of the Camino de Santiago. How do I…

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Two weeks on the Camino? Try Sarria to Santiago

Sarah Wilson | Destination Expert Two weeks or less to walk the Camino? Sarria to Santiago is an excellent option. There is something for everyone along this section: historic sites and churches, beautiful views, local cuisine and the companionship of other pilgrims, to name a few. The countryside is beautiful and it is the perfect…

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International Mountain Leaders

Diane McGuinness, International Mountain Leader. RAW Travel is proud that only fully-qualified International Mountain Leaders lead all our guided Tour du Mont Blanc, Dolomites and Swiss trips. They have many years of experience hiking in the European Alps, and they love sharing their experience and knowledge with you. What this means: Safety when things get…

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Camino Frances Stage 4 – Leon to O Cebriero

Adrian Mayer | Destination Expert   Are you strapped for time and looking for one section of the Camino to walk? If you want to experience some of the most picturesque and iconic scenery and towns, then look no further than Camino Frances Stage 4 — Leon to O Cebreiro. Beginning in Leon, the third…

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Which stage of the Camino

Which stage of the Camino should I walk?

Adrian Mayer| Destination Expert Are you asking yourself which stage of the Camino you should walk? Read on for a breakdown of five sections to help you decide. The Camino Frances is approximately 800km long, with variations depending on your source of information. With a handful of recommended rest days, this would take the average…

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