Sarah Khan

Sarah Khan

Travel Writer

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

Sarah has lived in five countries on three continents: Canada, Saudi Arabia, India, the US, and South Africa (where she called herself the South AfriKhan). She’s a disciple of maps, a connoisseur of global junk foods, a collector of passports, a hoarder of hotel pens, and a master at sleeping through long-haul flights, all the marks of a professional peripatetic. Her votes for coolest city names are Tegucigalpa and Ouagadougou, though she’s yet to visit either.

You’ll come across the byline “By Sarah Khan” in publications like The New York Times (where she’s filled in for the popular Frugal Traveler column), Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler (US, UK, India, Middle East, Turkey, and China editions), Travel + Leisure, Saveur, Food & Wine, Vogue (US and India editions), Surface (where she’s a contributing editor), and many others. Sarah has won Gold in the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual Lowell Thomas Awards four times times, most recently for her New York Times feature A Muslim American’s Homecoming: Cowboys, Country Music, Chapatis in 2018. Her Saveur feature “Eating Bunny Chow in Durban” won in 2017, and her New York Times articles “7 Days, 1500 Miles in Namibia” and “Once a Land of Princes and Palaces” earned gold in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Her Namibia feature also collected two Silvers in the 2016 North American Travel Journalists Association awards, her bunny chow story won for Outstanding Arts and Culture Reporting in the 2017 South Asian Journalists Association Awards, and her Wall Street Journal essay “Spitting Distance in Jodhpur” won Silver in the 2013 Solas Awards. Her columns on Johannesburg and Mumbai are part of the Taschen book New York Times 36 Hours World: 150 Cities from Abu Dhabi to Zurich, and her essay “When Coconuts Attack” is featured in the travel anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a B.A. in English and communications from Boston College.

The name “Sarah Khan” is basically the John Smith of South Asian Muslim women, so if you came here in search of a Pakistani actress, Indian actress, German zombie aficionado, political scientist, volleyball star, event stylist, beauty blogger, graphic designer, or any one of dozens of lawyers or doctors, please carry on Googling. They all exist.

This Sarah Khan enjoys French fries dipped in mayonnaise, disco balls, Bollywood culture, typing with two fingers, copious consumption of grilled meat, correcting other people’s grammar, fighting for curly-haired rights, hyperbole, talking to strangers in foreign countries, and speaking about herself in the third person.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, love letters, tirades, unsolicited advice, or merely want to inquire about how you can send Sarah a nice big check, feel free to e-mail her at bysarahkhan [at] gmail [dot] com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram: she’s @BySarahKhan on both. Take a peek at #whereintheworldissarahkhan to see where she’s been lately.


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