Welcome to my blog! SJ Explores is all about the spirit of exploration. My name is Sofia Jin and I’m passionate about storytelling & sharing experiences that meaningfully engage people with the world around them. Here I focus mainly on adventure travel.
My love of places began within my family. My Korean mother and British father both travelled their whole lives, their paths eventually crossing in Hong Kong. Clearly the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because for me, too, ‘home’ was always characteristically impermanent. First London, then Shanghai, then Singapore, it became not a fixed place but a sense I could acquire in many different places.
Although I grew up in (and love) cities, my favourite places to travel to are the outdoorsy ones – activities, scenery and wildlife. I have always gravitated to these things. The first thing I ever wanted to be was a geologist, then a marine biologist, then an astrophysicist. But I quickly realised that being able to articulate – to share – what I loved about the world was the most important thing to me, so I started writing – and talking.
During my high school years, my involvement in competitive debate took me all over the world and even to the finals at Yale University where my team (comprised of myself and two others) debated topics spanning history, science, art, and more, to win third place. I also worked part-time at a hotel: waitressing, washing dishes, setting up wedding banquets, serving as a human climbing frame in the kids club.
Later, I obtained my Bachelors in English Literature from Kings College London. I was also previously an editorial intern at Conde Nast Traveller.
I fulfil my need for adventure & creativity through my hobbies. I started Muay Thai at the age of 13, the same time as I started scuba diving, both of which I continue to this day. I am currently a certified PADI Rescue Diver and enjoy bouldering. In the future I would like to become a more experienced climber and get my skydiving license. I have been interested in science my whole life, specifically physics – I think it allows you to explore the universe without having to leave your own planet.
Ultimately, I believe that we are all explorers at heart.
Enjoy the journey(s!),