We had the good fortune of connecting with The Lovers Passport Stephen Jiroch & Giselle Langley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The Lovers Passport, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
We think our business helps our community and the world by inspiring others to travel and experience different cultures. I grew up in California and did not leave the USA until I was 19 years old. Once I finally left for a few months of travel in Europe, it completely changed my view on work, vacation, time management, food, and so much more! Both of us think traveling is so important when you are younger because it can introduce you to so much the world has to offer. A lot of people in our community think of travel as being difficult, expensive, or that they do not have enough time. Our goal is to help other full time workers get out and travel on the weekends through travel inspiration photography, budgeting tips, and itineraries!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We are Giselle and Stephen aka The Lovers Passport, and we are Professional Adventure Photographers. Both of us work full time Monday-Friday jobs, but go on an adventure every single weekend when we travel and use our PTO. We are both very proud of how much exploring we have done in our home state of California after seeing every National Park, State Park, and driving the state over 5 times North to South. This next year, we are excited to visit a few new states and countries that we have had on our bucket list for some time! We started our Photography page in April 2020 when we bought our first camera. Getting started was very difficult because neither of us knew anything about video, photography, editing, and social media. We had to overcome dozens of challenges learning the platforms and how to grow, but if there is one piece of advice that we would tell anybody looking to start a business, it would be “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start in order to be great.” We want to be known as The Lovers Passport, two full time workers and part-time adventurers. Giselle and I met back in college and our first date was a road trip up to Big Sur. Ever since we met, we have been adventuring every weekend and hoping to inspire other full time employees and couples to get out for an adventure!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would take them on a road trip! Our goal would be to show them 7 different parts of California in 7 days! To start our trip, we would drive to San Diego to surf, eat authentic tacos, and then grab desert at the Donut Bar. Day 2 would involve us rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park and a camp fire in the desert. Day 3 means we are going to the lowest place in North America in Death Valley National Park, and hiking the Mesquite Dunes for sunset. Sunrise in Alabama Hills to start day 4, with a hike up to the Eastern Sierra near Mt. Whitney (the tallest mountain in the lower 48). The 5th day would be our favorite as we see sunrise at Tunnel view in Yosemite, jump in the Merced River, hike up to Glacier Point, and watch the sunset behind El Capitan. The last 2 days would be spent driving from San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, back down through Big Sur and the PCH towards San Diego.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We want to dedicate this post to our dads. Both of us grew up with very strict fathers that always set high expectations for us. Stephen’s father served 22 years in the US Marine Corp and Giselle’s father served in the British Guard. We think that their military backgrounds helped us develop leadership skills and discipline early on, which has helped us both in our careers. Thank you dad!
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The Lovers Passport Stephen Jiroch & Giselle Langley