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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6 Vegan Weekender Bags that Leave Leather in the Dust

For me, it's getting harder and harder to justify wearing leather--especially when vegan leather bags like the ones I've collected here are out there for the toting. My guess is that even your most ardent leather lover wouldn't be able to fault these weekender bags, which compromise exactly no aesthetic charm as they get you through a few days 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 ...

Travel-Ready Valentine’s Gifts for Him and Her

Valentine's Day is a tricky one. It's so, so mushy. And yet, what's wrong with celebrating love. These gifts do just that, giving your traveling loved one something to gush about, without all the goo.   FOR HER   1. Areaware Contour Key Ring | $16 | Yes, I guess a key ring can be romantic. Almost a heart is close enough. 2...

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 ...

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...