You may have noticed from my monthly budget updates that I don’t spend very much money on transportation. In fact, I haven’t spent over $10 in any given month (excluding my Toronto day trips).
How is that possible? Two reasons:
- I walk. A lot.
- I run errands with my sister when I stay over at her place on weekends. But with the exception of going to the farmers market, I’m kind of just tagging along. I could accomplish most of those errands on foot. If I didn’t get rides with my sister, I’d probably have to spend another $10 per month. This is in a city where a lot people believe you need a car to get around.
The key? Live close to amenities.
determine your walk score
Whenever I move to a new place, I try to make sure that I’m in easy walking distance of a grocery store, a library and a coffee shop. I also need to be within a 10 minute walk of a bus or subway route for those times when I do use public transportation. If there’s a movie theatre and a park nearby, I consider those bonuses.
While I prefer to be close to a main road where there’s some action going on, I don’t like to be that close. It’s too tempting to pop out and buy my dinner every night.
There’s actually a website where you can calculate the walk score of where you live.
The dorm where I’m living now has a walk score of 92 out of 100. In the fall, if I move in with my sister again, I’ll have a walk score of 55. Eek. But that’s alright – I’ll just use the extra distance to amenities as training for the below.
my longest walk yet
By this time next year, I plan to have walked the Camino de Santiago.
I’ve mentioned the Camino a couple of times on this blog. I feel compelled to walk it.
This happens to me every now and again. I felt compelled to live in London, England. It took me 7 years to actually do it. I feel compelled to write my novella. It’s taken me 5 years to really get started. I’ve only been thinking about the Camino for about 2 years. I’m making progress!
I know I have it in me to walk for many hours daily for 30 to 35 days. It’ll be challenging, but I can do it. My biggest weakness is that I don’t really have a lot of upper body strength. I’ll have to travel very, very lightly. But I guess minimalism has been great practice for that. And then there are the wild dogs, the roadside “washrooms” and the loud snorers in the albergues – but I won’t worry about those things for now.
So if you just happen to be walking the Camino next May, let me know. We can meet up along The Way.