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About Sarah Khan


Sarah Khan is a writer. This means she is not a woman of few words. Consider yourself warned.

Sarah Khan is a freelance writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Previously, Sarah Khan was an editor at Travel + Leisure and Gotham magazines in New York City, and her writing has also been published in The New York Times (where she’s filled in for the popular Frugal Traveler column), New York Times T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ. Magazine, Food & Wine, Departures, Condé Nast Traveler (US, UK, India, and Middle East editions), National Geographic Traveler, Architectural Digest, Saveur, Town & Country Travel, Elle Decor, Surface (where is a contributing editor), The Atlantic, Washington Post, New York Magazine,, Forbes, The Independent, Elite Traveler, The Huffington Post, Vogue India, Harper’s Bazaar India, Virtuoso Life, Fodor’s, Yahoo! Travel, India Today Travel Plus, Delta Sky, British Airways High Life, Emirates Open Skies, Iberia Excelente, Brides, Endless Vacation, Ensemble Vacations, Getaway, Marie Claire South Africa, Four Seasons Magazine, The New York Post, The Christian Science Monitor,, Hamptons, Los Angeles Confidential, The New York Press, Fresh Yarn, The Metro, DailyCandy, Gala Weddings, Michigan Avenue, Shaadi Style, and many other titles. Her New York Times article “Once a Land of Princes and Palaces” won a 2015 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and her essay, “When Coconuts Attack,” was featured in the new travel anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35.

Sarah Khan was born in Canada, then spent three decades wandering around the globe, fancying herself to be a modern-day nomad. After stints in Toronto, Saudi Arabia, India, Syracuse, Boston, and New York, and visits to 30 countries along the way, she traveled to South Africa on a whim, and fell in love with Cape Town. One year later, Sarah Khan ditched New York in favor of the Southern Hemisphere.

Sarah Khan has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University — which bears the distinction of being the coldest place known to mankind (or, at the very least, the coldest place known to Sarah Khan) — and a B.A. in English and communications from Boston College.

Sarah Khan enjoys French fries dipped in mayonnaise, collecting disco balls, Bollywood culture, typing with two fingers, beef in all its many-splendored forms, correcting other people’s grammar, fighting for curly-haired rights, hyperbole, nodding off to sleep at inappropriate locales and times, and talking to strangers in foreign countries (that’s how she met her husband, isn’t it?). But above all, Sarah Khan likes to talk about herself in the third person.

Sarah Khan chronicles her African adventures as the South AfriKhan — read her blog! You can also follow Sarah Khan on Twitter and Instagram: she’s @BySarahKhan on both.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, love letters, tirades, or unsolicited advice, or merely want to inquire about how you can send Sarah Khan a nice big check, you can e-mail Sarah Khan at bysarahkhan[at]gmail[dot]com.

Top: Sarah Khan in Dubai. Collage, clockwise from top: Sarah Khan in Hyderabad, India (photo by Boban James); Chefchaouen, Morocco (photo by Priya Chandra); and Cape Town (photo by Faatima Tayob).