Sarah Stodola

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Sarah is the founder and editor of Flung, the author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, and a widely published travel and culture writer. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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Has Greyhound Improved? A Test Run Between NYC and Atlantic City

Greyhound has been working hard over the past few years to convince potential riders that its bus service deserves a new look. The company is touting new and refurbished buses with wifi, power outlets, and more legroom than before. On a recent trip from New York City to Atlantic City—the “Lucky Streak” route—I had a chance to test out the ...

10 Great Works of Literature About Los Angeles

The city known for churning out fantastical versions of life via film tends toward a darker sensibility in its fiction. Of course, when it's been in a more sullen mood, the Hollywood machine has adapted a good number of these novels to the silver screen. Here are 10 great novels about Los Angeles... *Flung uses affiliate links in this ...

The Stickett Inn: Escape from New York (City)

I discovered the Stickett Inn, an urbane little gem tucked into an unassuming roadside plot, thanks to its location a mere two-hour drive from my apartment in Brooklyn. I’ve since stayed there twice, once in a wavy August heat wave, and once during an unexpected winter snowstorm. Both trips involved a grave and spontaneous need to escape New ...

Shocks of Beauty and Mildew, 50 Meters from the Ocean

I’m lying belly-down on the bed in my hotel room, a place on the beach with a beautiful view but no air conditioning on this, a 90-degree day. And I’m PMS-y as all get out. We arrived at Playa Hermosa on Nicaragua’s west coast this morning, and my feminine condition has left me with no motivation even to walk the 50 meters down to the ocean ...

Katie Kitamura’s ‘A Separation’: An Impending Divorce Undone

Until it isn’t, Katie Kitamura’s new novel, A Separation, is among the most perfect representations I’ve read in fiction of the ennui that engulfs any thinking person as she sinks, and then sinks further, into a luxury beachfront vacation. The view of the sea from the room’s balcony, the overly affectionate couple at the next table over, ...

The Rookery Hotel: Breaking the Mold by Embracing the Old

In this current era of travel, when the hippest hotels in every city around the world look identical to their counterparts in every other city around the world, I’ve become well-versed in their signifiers, defined collectively by what can only be called an extravagant minimalism. They deal in former manufacturing spaces, or the appearance of ...

A History of Hennessy, from Ireland To France To America

At the tail end of a vacation in France a few years ago, my boyfriend and I had a couple days in our rental car to get back to Paris from Bordeaux, where we’d been enjoying the countryside and the ocean and the wine and the perfectly ripe avocados. We had no plan, just a general direction we needed to pursue, waiting along the way for something ...

Trump and Travel: The Shifting Reality of the American Vacation

For a while, it seemed like the Trump presidency would exist somewhere out beyond the scope of what, as the editor of this site, I focus on in my daily life, which is the subject and act of travel. But as these first three weeks since his inauguration have ticked by, posing as months or even years in their propensity to linger, they’ve made ...

New York’s JFK –> London Heathrow on British Airways Flight 172

In Flight Reviews, Flung writers provide key information about flights they take in order to leave the flying public better informed in an age of frustration, obfuscation and increasingly unfriendly skies.   JFK –> LHR on BA172 Flight: British Airways Flight 172 Date and Time of Flight: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:50pm ...

Exploring Croatia’s Wine Country with Fresh Eire Adventures’ Padraic Doorey

Last September, I joined tour guide extraordinaire Padraic Doorey on a "bike and sail" trip he was leading through the Croatian Adriatic for his company, Fresh Eire Adventures. We lived for the week on a beautiful wooden sailboat, and spent our days exploring the land largely via bike. It was during this time, hopping from impossibly gorgeous ...

Great Works of Literature About West Africa

In the past couple of decades, the amount of literature out of West Africa available to English speakers in the West has increased manifold, and in recent years it's been expanding beyond the historical subjects of war and slavery to reflect the humanity of everyday life in the region. If you're heading to West Africa, here are 10 great books ...

The InterContinental Hotel Amman: Long-Earned Glamour

In 1963, the InterContinental in Amman* opened, becoming the first five-star hotel in Jordan. In the years since and despite an influx of high-end options catering especially to the business traveler, the “Intercon” has retained its allure. By this point it is a hotel woven into the very fabric of the place it inhabits, having transcended its ...

7 Natural Wonders Newly at Risk Under a President Trump

Since Donald Trump became the president-elect last month, environmentalists have been scrambling to adjust to a new reality, with everything from the Paris Climate Agreement to The Clean Power Plan to the Clean Water Act of 1977 suddenly far from sure things going forward. Between Trump’s desire to roll back environmental regulations and his ...

What To Expect During a Layover at Heathrow’s Terminal 5

Riding down the escalator into London Heathrow Terminal 5's main waiting and shopping hall, I heard a man behind me quip to his companion, “Can you believe this is the new terminal?” I turned around and said, “This terminal is new?” We shared a chuckle. Nothing about the space we inhabited felt as recent as it apparently was. It felt ...

The W South Beach: The Hotel Is the Holiday

There’s an adage in travel, invoked whenever one is choosing less-than-stellar accommodations, holding that it doesn’t matter where you stay, you’re not planning to spend any time in your hotel anyway. Oftentimes this approach works, especially if the weather cooperates. But the rule doesn’t hold in Miami Beach, where very often the hotel ...

JFK –> Frankfurt on Lufthansa Flight 405

In Flight Reviews, Flung writers provide key information about flights they take in order to leave the flying public better informed in an age of frustration, obfuscation and increasingly unfriendly skies.   JFK –> FRA on LH405 Flight: LH405 from New York's JFK to Frankfurt Airport Date and Time of Flight: September 16, 2016 at ...

7 Things Frequent Travelers Should Look For in a Credit Card

If you are a frequent traveler, one of the best things you can do for yourself is get a credit card that both rewards your travel purchases and offers perks that make travel less of a hassle. No one has covered the minutiae of credit card benefits more thoroughly than The Points Guy, and I’d recommend perusing his analyses and recommendations ...

The 5 Top Spots in Croatia’s Adriatic Sea

I had the good fortune recently to spend a week floating among the islands of Croatia as a guest of Fresh Eire Adventures, an Irish outfit that runs bespoke bike tours throughout the world. The company’s owner, Padraic Doorey, led this "Bike and Sail" trip and brought his trove of knowledge about food and wine with him. (You can check out ...

What It Was Like To Get Appendicitis During the Turkish Coup

There’s getting sick while traveling overseas, a patently awful experience. Then there’s getting appendicitis while traveling overseas. And then there's getting appendicitis while traveling overseas during a military coup. This is that story. Aaron Spencer, a United Nations Development Programme contractor based in New York City, headed to ...

The Znzi Travel Stuff Pillow, Reviewed

Last holiday season when the annual avalanche of gift guides hit websites across the land, the new Znzi Travel Stuff Travel Pillow* made appearances on lists ranging from the New York Times' to Bustle's to the The Dallas Diva's. Heeding the widespread advice, I bought one for my boyfriend for Christmas. And then I was the one to use it, mostly ...