What happens when two sheltered Americans take a three-month break from careers, home, and the Internet to backpack a 900-year-old trail across Europe?
Winner of the Barbara Savage “Miles to Nowhere” Memorial Award for Travel Writing
My travel memoir of our thousand-mile walk from Le Puy to Finisterre is now available in paperback and ebook wherever books are sold (and at as many libraries as possible):
In her late thirties, Beth Jusino longed to escape, at least temporarily, her busy urban life. She wanted something beyond endless meetings and 24/7 screen time. Which is how she and her husband, Eric, found themselves laden with backpacks and nerves, stepping out of a historic cathedral in Le Puy, France, heading down a cobblestone street, and turning west. They were walking the Camino de Santiago, a 900-year-old pilgrimage route that winds a thousand miles across the Pyrenees and through France and Spain.
Despite months of meticulous planning, Beth discovered she was woefully unprepared once they hit the trail. Her limited French (le pomme est rouge) and the unaccountably closed shops and cafes presented early obstacles, while her perpetually problematic feet, dubbed “The Princesses,” threatened to end the adventure more than once.
But the famed Camino always provides, and in time, Beth found a way to break free from the routines and expectations of everyday life and embrace the challenges, as well as the gifts of friendship and perspective she discovered along the way.
Infused with humor and gentle irony, Walking to the End of the World is a warm-hearted and engaging story about letting go, getting outside, and living at a human pace.
Nice Things People Have Said:
“Beth Jusino has captured the essence of this ancient pilgrimage which inspires the reader with detail, wit and spot-on accounts of what it’s really like to walk the Camino de Santiago.” — Gabriel Schirm, author of Sunrises to Santiago: Searching for Purpose on the Camino de Santiago
“An enchanting tale of faith, friendship, and pushing your own limits. I’m probably never going to hike the Camino (who am I kidding? I’m definitely not), but Jusino’s book had me looking up flights. She may be a novice pilgrim, but she is a master storyteller.” — Geraldine DeRuiter, author of All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft
“Beth Jusino doesn’t pull any punches in her vivid and engaging account of the pilgrimage she and her husband made, but happily she also shares with us her small victories and the many lessons she learns about herself, her marriage, and just plain life. Perhaps most universal of those lessons is contained in her ‘Santiago Moment’ near the end of the book: gratitude!” — Kevin A. Codd, author of To the Field of Stars and Beyond Even the Stars
“This charming tale is infused with wry, self-deprecating humor and vivid descriptions of people and places that carry you along the 1000-mile trek as though you are there too.” — Wendy Hinman, author of Sea Trials and Tightwads on the Loose
“This wholly fresh story enchanted me with the cultures, people, chapels, and landscape. Despite the rigors of the Way, Jusino invites us to relish the rhythm of walking and delight in convivial evenings with other pilgrims over free-flowing wine and local food. With the depth of hard-won wisdom, she asks at the end ‘Who had I become?'” — Gail D. Storey, author of I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail
“Sprinkled with self-deprecating humor and life insights, Walking to the End of World recounts a host of colorful characters, drawing readers into the daily trials and triumphs of a challenging yet meaningful journey and break from ordinary life.” — Anna Dintaman Landis, author of Camino de Santiago: A Village to Village Guide
“Walking to the End of the World keeps us turning its pages–an elegant story woven in the seasoned voice of writer Beth Jusino, who shares great insight into her own strengths and weaknesses, relationships of all sorts, and a world view we’d all do well to consider. Among Camino memoirs this book takes its place in the top tier.” — Steve Watkins, author of Pilgrim Strong: Rewriting My Story on the Way of St. James
And yes, those are my real credential stamps on the cover. Every one of them tells a story that’s in the book. It’s all the creative genius of my publisher, Mountaineers Books. And if you think the cover is great, just wait until you see all of the surprises inside the book! (Maps! Photos! Lists!) I’m grateful to partner with an independent press whose primary goal is to encourage more people to get outside.