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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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 ...

The Bura: The Wind that Has Its Way with Croatia

I was sitting on the deck of a rather exquisite wooden sailboat called the Tajna Mora. It was early afternoon in the port of a town called Vis, on an island also called Vis, in Croatia, and I was waiting to leave. We’d been scheduled to set off that morning, but as afternoon set in we continued docking, thwarted in our departure by a phenomenon ...

Camping Better: A Bell Tent Adventure

Throughout my twenties, I went camping every so often, always the tag-along of someone who had all the gear. It was usually for just a night, somewhere within a couple hours of New York City by car. When I met my now-boyfriend of six years, the tag-along scenario became a more permanent one, and I gradually began contributing to the enormous box ...

How To Put Up a Bell Tent

Getting a bell tent can be daunting, not least because of the assembly of the thing. Bell tents are large--enormous compared to the nylon number you've probably used in the past, and there are so many stakes and pieces of rope involved.In reality, though, I found the bell tent we bought recently easier to put up than a typical nylon tent. ...

5 Classic NYC Buildings Likely Coming Down for a Purple Neon Moxy Hotel

The first Moxy Hotel opened in Milan in 2014 with a business plan we’re seeing more and more of these days: just outside the city center, with small rooms, large communal areas, aggressively—and regressively—trendy interiors, in this case featuring a lot of purple neon, and full digital connectivity at all times. Since then, the brand—co...

6 Fascinating Facts About Bourbon from ‘Bourbon Empire’

As is my wont, I only took an interest in Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey, Reid Mitenbuler’s engrossing book on the history of America's quintessential liquor, after returning from a trip to Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail earlier this summer—it’s a repeat of my approach to guidebooks in general, which I always buy ...

How I Survive Long Flights (After 2 Decades of Taking Them)

The stories are legion, even in the realm of my first-hand experience: The entire economy cabin of my flight once watched the mother of a newborn melt down completely when she found that she didn’t have the front seat with the little detachable crib after all. On another occasion I watched a woman get her carryon bag tested for size at the ...

On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Twenty years ago, the Bourbon Trail didn’t exist. Before 1999, when the Kentucky Distillers’ Association created the concept, tourism to the state's bourbon distilleries wasn’t much of a thing, and it took a few years to catch on. To wit: In 2003 my mother and I headed to the Buffalo Trace distillery, maker of its eponymous bourbon as well ...

Lexington, KY –> LaGuardia on Delta Flight 5252

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. Here, we review the Interjet route from Mexico City to Huatulco, on the coast of Oaxaca and the most convenient gateway to that oceanside ...

A Culinary Tour of Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill

There was a time in Brooklyn, a little more than a decade ago, when it wasn’t yet clear that Williamsburg would become Williamsburg, when Carroll Gardens too was making a play to be the hub for what would become hipster culture. In 2001, I lived in Williamsburg and my best friend lived in Carroll Gardens. I frequented both, almost exclusively, ...

Who Passed Through Universities: A Trip Back To My Alma Mater

In June, for the first time since shortly after my graduation in the spring of 1999, I returned to the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, where I went to college. It’s a three-hour drive from my parents’ house in Kentucky, and every time I visit them there from New York, which is less often now that they spend winters in Florida, I ...

The New York City of ‘A Little Life’: A Perpetual and Uneventful Present Day

For a book whose very title indicates the prominence of a single character, it took me by surprise to find that 100 or so pages into Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, I still couldn’t remember which main character was which. There are four of them, all men, all with the same formal, bygone manner of speech: Malcom, JB, Jude, and Willem. They ...

The Fascinating Ruins of 5 Long-Lost Beach Resorts

It's a spine-tingling thing to see things that were once coveted fall into decay. That sentiment guided my interest in researching the glamorous beach resorts of times past, places that were once in history the apex of life for those fortunate enough to visit them, but ended up abandoned, seaside ghost towns left to crumble, left unloved. I ...

Drinking Pulque in Mexico City: The Ancient Aztecs’ Beverage of Choice

A couple millennia ago in the ancient Aztec culture based in what is present-day Mexico, there was no beer or wine. Instead, for religious rituals and leisure time alike, the Aztecs produced a beverage called pulque, made by fermenting the nectar of the native agave plant. Amazingly, the drink survived the Spanish conquest in the 16th century and ...

Notes on a Sunday Night in the Hamptons

The two lane road, even heading in on a Sunday, can’t help but get backed up with traffic that slows to a crawl. In a way I don’t understand, this is part of the allure of the east end of Long Island for the people who love it, the source of an essential bond. I was on this road, driving to Montauk with my boyfriend; outsiders whose understa...

Colonia Verde in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

I'd been in this back garden several times before, back when the space belonged to a restaurant called Kif and before that, another called Liquors, named for the liquor store that once lived here. It had always been pleasant, a superior back garden, even. But it took the current tenant, the restaurant Colonia Verde, to transform the space into ...

Mexico City –> Huatulco on Interjet Flight 2651

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. Here, we review the Interjet route from Mexico City to Huatulco, on the coast of Oaxaca and the most convenient gateway to that oceanside ...