About Adventure Geek
Hi, I’m Julia Doherty, the founder of Adventure Geek. I don’t have many regrets in my life, but if there was one thing that I could change it would be to have travelled more and explored the world. I never went to Uni, and I was in full-time employment from the age of 16. I bought my first house at the age of 19 and before I knew it, I had financial commitments and a lifestyle that I needed to keep up with. Travelling was just something that other people did, until now.
Adventure Geek is one of those companies that started off as a hobby with no intentions of it morphing into a company.
In 2016 I decided to walk the Camino de Santiago as I searching for something new and exciting as my day job was just not as fulfilling as it once was. At the time I had no idea what a life changing experience it was going to be. I was adding my training walks to my Facebook profile saying “I’m going to do a few laps of Salcey Forest, if anyone wants to join me I will be there from 6pm”. I remember 49 people turn up to join me on a Stoke Bruerne local walk and I had no idea who half of the people were! I thought it was great and felt a bit like Forrest Gump! I got home that day and my lovely husband gave me a lecture. “Julia, you can’t lead people on walks as you are not qualified, nor do you have any insurance. If something goes wrong then YOU are responsible. You either need to get qualified and start charging people to pay for all the time and effort you put in, or just go for walks with friends”.
A few weeks later I set off on my first Camino and during that time I had made the decision. I would get my Mountain Leader Certification and Outdoor First Aid qualifications and set up a new business! Adventure Geek was born and I subsequently sold my digital marketing business. It was the best decision I have ever made and I can honestly say that I believe I have the best job in the world.