Today, I am joined by Cory S. Fawcett, MD. He is the author of four award winning, Amazon best-selling books including: “The Doctor’s Guide to Starting your Practice Right”, “The Doctor’s Guide to Eliminating Debt”, “The Doctor’s Guide to Smart Career Alternatives and Retirement” and “The Doctor’s Guide to Real Estate Investing for Busy Professionals.” He spent 23 years as a private practice general surgeon in southern Oregon and has been involved in multiple real estate and business endeavors. He left medicine in 2017 to devote more time to his new business, “The Prescription for Financial Success,” in order to teach doctors how to live a more fulfilling life by becoming debt free and attaining financial independence.
He is enjoying his own financial independence by writing, speaking, and coaching doctors into a better financial position while he and his wife, of 30 years, explore the world. He is here telling us all about one of his latest trips to the Camino de Santiago in Spain. This trail is a walking pilgrimage that has its roots in the Middle Ages. It runs from Pamplona to Santiago, Spain and is a 450-mile adventure that Cory did with his wife and their backpacks. Amazing!
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- Why he and his wife decided to take this 38 day walk across Spain.
- How the movie, “The Way” helped convince them to do the trip.
- This is a medieval pilgrimage route that was originally done to bury Saint James in a church at the end of the route.
- Tip: You can download apps on your phone for each pathway on the journey.
- All of the physical preparation they did ahead of time to prepare for the trip.
- The hostel type lodging (Albergue) that they stayed at along the way.
- The trail passport and how you get it stamped along the way.
- How you get a certificate at the end showing you completed the trek.
- The different people they met along the way and how it differed depending on what part of the trail you were on.
- Where they ate along the way and what kinds of foods they enjoyed.
- Tip: Bring cash for this trip since most places in small towns don’t take credit.
- How the Spanish siesta culture affected them on the trip.
- Safety tips on the trail and if they felt safe during the length of the trip.
- How the trail can be very moving and what it’s like to go to church at the end.
- Tip: Audio books can be helpful along the way to pass the time.
- What the bathroom situation was like along the way.
- Tip: Every town had free water fountains so it was easy to fill your bottle anytime.
- How they made it for 7 weeks with only two outfits and three pairs of underwear.
- Why they decided not to use their phones, watch news or go on social media.
- Minimalism and how the trip has inspired them to not have so many things.
- How the journey can be made in many different ways based on location and travel preferences.
- Tip: There are services that will transport your bags for you each day.
- Listen in to Cory’s episode on the Hippocratic Hustle: Episode 93: Dr. Cory Fawcett.
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