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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The Warehouse Hotel: Hints of Spice on the Singapore River

One of the best ways to gauge the quality of a hotel comes when it’s time to leave it. If you’re as stricken over the prospect as I was on my last night at the Warehouse Hotel in Singapore, chances are you’ve landed on something special. I’d grown accustomed, it turned out, to the many ways in which this hotel seduces you, and to the ...

Booking Ahead: My Evolving Approach To Hotel Rooms

The summer in the late nineties I spent with a Eurail Pass and the contents of a single backpack, I took pride in never booking a place to stay ahead of arriving. This meant, most often, that I ended up in the hostel that hit the best ratio of not-gross to train station proximity. The approach usually served me well, and it gave me some of my best ...

The Sofitel Singapore City Centre: Everything Wow

Singapore is a place committed to convenience. Things here work, whether through technology or through service. Life’s little hiccups, like a dying phone battery or traffic jam or slow internet, aren’t a part of daily existence. All the better for getting work done in this, one of the world’s great business capitals. Nowhere encapsulates ...

A Tale of Vegetarian Survival in Vietnam

Eating was going terribly for me in Vietnam. The failures fell into two categories. One, I’m vegetarian, a lifestyle choice that isn’t catered to in this central part of the country around Da Nang and Hoi An, despite the widespread practice of a Buddhism that has followers going vegan on two days out of every month. Most adventurous eaters, in ...

A Weird Year for Travel, as It Was for America

It's been a bizarre year for travel here in America. People who shouldn't have been banned from entering the United States were, Americans grew more cautious about venturing to other countries. "Travel Ban" became a contentious phrase. Laptops were banned, phones were searched. All in the name of countering dangers that haven’t done nearly the ...

Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong: Approaching the Hotel Room Ideal

In the typical course of things, it makes sense to start with first impressions. In the case of the Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, however, you’re better off starting with the second and third (and fourth) ones. The rooms here--the second thing you'll take in--are nothing short of marvelous, suitable surrogates for home, and the restaurant and ...

Who Makes the Best Bloody Mary in Brooklyn?

There are plenty of articles out there listing the best, but I recently decided to take the quest for Brooklyn's finest Bloody Mary a step further. In the video above, I get together with Liza--star of the very funny podcast Truth or Liza Dare--and head out to the spots in Brooklyn that are renowned for a great Bloody Mary. Can we determ...

The Swimming Holes that Were Worth the Trek

There are pursuits in life that work better in the abstract. I'm thinking here of things like "sleeping under the stars" and "IKEA hacks." The things that seem like a great idea until you try them. Hold that thought while I tell you that I am easily taken by the notion of a good swimming hole. There’s a primal satisfaction to be derived from ...

How To Navigate Ride-Hailing in Singapore (and all of Southeast Asia)

When it comes to world travel, Uber and its orbit of competing ride-hailing apps have introduced a new ease into getting from point A to point B in unfamiliar places. No longer do you need to know how to get where you’re headed, speak the local language, nor even to have any local currency on you to get there. In addition, there’s an added ...

The Hotel Pool Enters Politics (This One Is a Trump Supporter)

Before the plan emerged for me to come here for two weeks, I knew little about Singapore. I had a sense of powerhouse Asian megacities only in the abstract, and my generalizations of them ran toward the overly sterile, overly materialistic, full of suits and really expensive cocktails. I knew Singapore was a fast-paced economic hub, and I knew it ...

NYC –> Guangzhou in China Southern’s Business Class

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 Flight CZ300, Business Class Flight: China Airlines CZ300 Date and Time of Flight: Saturday, October 7th at 11:15 ...

The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa: Where’s the There?

Some travel is enjoyed, some endured. And then some of it simply confounds. Rolling up to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City ranks as a strange—and discomfiting—example of the latter category. Located in the city’s Marina District, which is not so much a district as a lonely marsh, the complex defies logic and understood ...

The Great Passport Photo Fail of 2017

We’ve all been around technology long enough now to know that even as it can improve our daily lives, it can also add untold headaches. Such is the lesson to keep in mind as I recount my journey this past summer to produce a photograph worthy—by the standards of the US Government—of representing me in my new passport. The journey was ...

13 Fall Shoes for Wandering the World’s Cities

For me, "travel shoe" has never meant running shoe or Teva. Maybe because in my early travel years I tended to travel to great world cities, I always wanted to look like I belonged in that cosmopolitan place, even as I ogled the must-see sights will other the other tourists. So fashion-conscious, yes, but I'm still heel-averse, and have therefore ...

Democrats and Republicans Are Even Divided on Travel

In this weird moment we’re living through, United States citizens find themselves increasingly divided by their politics, and those differences extend to our travel preferences. According to a new survey commissioned by The Cashlorette, a finance blog for women owned by Bankrate, our preferred destinations correspond with our political leanings ...

Rockaway Once Boasted the World’s Largest Hotel

New York City is known for a lot of things, but beach destination isn't generally one of them. When I moved to New York City at age 23, for example, I didn't know that one of the city's borders happened to be with the Atlantic Ocean. It took me a couple of years to fully comprehend the concept of taking the subway to the beach. I certainly ...

Can Group Travel Work for the Independent Woman?

I love traveling solo. Ever since those three months I spent in Europe with a backpack and a Eurail Pass when I was 22, I’ve thrived on the unmediated adventure, the open possibilities, and even the occasional loneliness that comes with heading to far-flung places on my own. Traveling with a posse was never my thing, and I was always bemused by ...

We Need To Travel Better

Two Sundays ago, as Donald Trump's advisers were convincing him to read a prepared statement condemning an act of Nazi terrorism that he would override a day later with history's least dignified press conference, my boyfriend and I hosted a barbecue at which one guest was from Barcelona. We talked first about the charms of Barcelona, then about ...

Oheka Castle: Stomping Ground of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Taylor Swift

In the summer of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat every day in the sun-dappled studio above the garage of his and Zelda’s Long Island house and laid down the foundations of his novel, The Great Gatsby. He was drawing on life as he saw it around him, in those enclaves on Long Island Sound where the richest people in the world built the biggest ...