Travel is important to us. It stays with us. The things we’ve learned. The things we’ve seen. It becomes a part of us and it’s only right that we treasure and remember that.
I have always worn my travels. I love when jewellery has a meaning. My engagement ring has a meaning and it came from Venice. My Pandora came from Paris and every charm is symbolic. Every charm is a reminder of a travel, whether that be Amsterdam or Lisbon or Venice. Every charm came from the city we were in.
But, a silver Pandora isn’t always the answer. As much as I love it, it’s not ideal for daytime anymore, it’s getting heavy and I’m so scared that it’s going to get lost and all of those memories will go down the drain, and all that money!
It all started when I was younger and used to pick up a cotton friendship bracelet from the markets or a lace cord necklace, you know the type with the surfboards on or something beach chic like that? Yep, I’ve always been cool.
There didn’t seem to be anything that was fitting for the now. Something I could cherish the travel memories at an affordable price. That was until I found El Camino Bracelet. I knew I had to get in touch with them and see if there was something I could do to introduce you all to them.
The best part about the El Camino for me is I can wear the memories and I feel comfortable wearing it daily because it doesn’t look scarily valuable.
The El Camino Story
So, El Camino works perfectly for me, doesn’t it? Translated from Spanish, it means The Route or The Path. You might be familiar with El Camino de Santiago, which is based here in Spain. I just knew I had to get my hands on one.
You should definitely give the El Camino Story a read over on their website, it really is interesting to see how this concept was born.
In a nutshell, El Camino Bracelets are the product of two travellers, Tom from England and Candace, from Canada. Whilst travelling with no set route, timescale or itinerary they departed from Barcelona with the aim of getting to Monaco before the summer.
One Sunny evening in Spain, Tom and Candace began working on the bracelets, made by hand and gifted to friends and family who loved the idea, and I’m so glad they did. Flash forward to the now, El Camino has become their business, selling bracelets worldwide. However, what I truly admire is each bracelet is still hand-made in England with the same craftsmanship care and love as the very first one.
It’s truly a beautiful story which resonates with me. Spain really sparks some beautiful creations. I don’t know if it’s the sun or the gorgeous scenery, but if you’re lacking the motivation to create then some time out here will soon change that.
Let’s take a look at the El Camino bracelet that was so kindly sent to me from El Camino.
My El Camino Bracelet
There are a few parts to building your perfect bracelet and let me tell you – it really does take some thought.
There are two straps to consider: the single or the double. Whether you want one rotation of the wrist or two is completely up to you. They also come with a choice of colours and sizes. There are a few guidelines to help you choose your size – but it really does all come down to how you like to wear it.
Do you prefer a little loose or do you prefer tight? Plus, how many steps are you planning to add? If you’re considering filling it, you’ll need to opt for a little bigger.
I opted for the size 36cm double strap in Turquoise. I loved the striking colour of the blue adding something a little different than the bracelets I already have, with a completely unique style.
I love that I am able to wear my El Camino two ways, around my wrist and as a necklace!
I love wearing my El Camino as a necklace, it feels completely unique to me. It fits just like a holiday necklace that you’d get on holiday, remember the ones with the coconut beads and the surfboards? I loved wearing those when I was younger and now I have a stunning one that hangs my travels close to my heart. Where I keep my memories. It feels perfect.
The bracelet comes equipped with a well-made hard-standing clip which keeps the bracelet done up. I haven’t had any issues at all with the clip coming undone and I don’t think I ever will. It feels strong enough to withstand daily wear and travelling which is really reassuring.
Adding the Steps
A travel cannot start without taking those first steps. An El Camino Bracelet is not complete without adding those steps.
There are a few steps available to choose from and these are as follows:
The small steps are either a city, a famous landmark or a special occasion step. There are so many different steps available to choose from so make sure you have a scan through on their website.
I chose Florida, California, Venice, London and Home. Florida and California have both been amazing family holidays that I wanted to cherish and didn’t have a wearable keepsake for. London is where Alex and I first went and Venice is where we got engaged. I chose Home as a little reminder that no matter where your travels or life takes you that it’s important to remember where you come from and that it’s okay to return Home when you need to and find the same love. Never forget where you came from.
Sorted into alphabetical categories because there truly are that many. These are the beautiful steps that let you display the countries you’ve been to. If you’re one for counting countries these are a great choice to keep track of countries you’ve visited, like your own country counting abacus!
I chose Spain as my country as it’s a country that is important to me.
The regional steps are beautiful handmade glass beads that are added to document the regions you’ve been to, which does break-down further than continents.
I chose the Europe region because Europe is so symbolic. It’s the first continent that Alex and I have been working on seeing and where I’m born and bred.
The Ocean Steps were launched on 15th October and I was so grateful to be able to get my hands on one before they hit the shop. The Ocean Steps are 5 handmade glass beads that represent the world’s oceans. They have such a beautiful, striking colour. You can choose from Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern.
I chose the Atlantic Ocean, it was a toss-up between the Pacific and the Atlantic both being the Oceans that I spent time in, in America. I picked the Atlantic purely because I thought the darker blue would look more effective against the Turquoise.
You can also get your hands on a few little extra steps which are as follows:
- Custom Steps – These are custom engraved stainless-steel steps. These are perfect for a special gift or if you can’t find a certain place or country that’s important to you.
- Coconut Spacers – They come as a set of 4 and are engraved with the El Camino logo. They’re a lovely deep brown which gives a sense of “authenticity” to the well-travelled bracelet. They’re cut from real coconuts and really do showcase your steps by adding that space between them.
- Wood Spacers – Available in light or dark brown, they’re handmade from traditional wood and engraved with the El Camino logo. These also come as a set of 4.
You can also get a really lovely patch from the website that would look great sewed onto a denim jacket or suitcase. The travel wallet also looks a great travel accessory too, keeping those all important documents intact.
I loved picking out my El Camino bracelet and I’m truly loving wearing it and being able to look down and remember the travels, whether that’s on my daily commute or whilst catching my next flight.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a travel lover, this might just be the gift you’re looking for.
I will for sure be adding to my El Camino bracelet, it adds that splash of colour and fits comfortably. I love being able to look down and see my travels hanging proudly. I love the touch of the house engraved next to home too.
I’m excited to see where our steps take us next.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to build your own El Camino. Every path begins with one small step.
I was gifted my El Camino bracelet from El Camino.