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Meet Sarah Khan

Journalist and Editorial Consultant

Sarah hooks readers with stylish, sophisticated writing…With fresh and surprising insights and a welcome sense of humor, this is travel writing that shines.

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards

Sarah blames her parents for her itinerant profession: she grew up in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for Saudia Airlines and her mother was a freelance journalist. With role models like these—and with many of her formative memories unfolding in airplane aisles at 30,000 feet—it’s no wonder she grew up to be a travel journalist.

After a year as Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, Sarah is currently a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler and at Robb Report, and is on the faculty of the Columbia School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course. As an award-winning freelance travel writer, she’s reported from seven continents for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Food & Wine, and many others. Sarah’s work was chosen for The Best American Travel Writing 2021 and has won numerous awards, including an honorable mention as Travel Journalist of the Year in the 2021 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.

A frequent podcast guest and event panelist and moderator sharing her insights on the travel and media industries, Sarah is also passionate about championing diverse voices. With four other colleagues from the industry, she co-founded Travel is Better in Color in 2020 to spotlight dynamic writers, editors, photographers, and publicists working in travel media today.

Sarah fancies herself a disciple of maps, a connoisseur of global junk foods, a hoarder of hotel pens, and a master at sleeping through long-haul flights, all the marks of a professional peripatetic. She has lived in six countries on three continents—Canada, Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa, the UAE, and the US—and has 2.5 passports. To find out #whereintheworldissarahkhan, follow her on Instagram or Twitter @BySarahKhan.


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Muslims Doing Things Podcast: Sarah Khan is a Travel Journalist

On a recent weekend morning, I sat down with tech founder Layla Shaikley for her…
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Women We Watch in Tourism: Sarah Khan – Empowering Diverse Voices in Travel Writing

I joined the formidable Dr. Nisha Abu Bakar, founder of World Women Tourism, on her…
Condé Nast Traveller Middle East

Arts Club Dubai: Sarah Khan On Writing About Travel

For my last event before leaving Dubai, I was invited by the Arts Club for…

Recent Work

New York Times

New York Times: When One Wedding Requires Four Outfits, Try Renting

For the New York Times Style section, I reported on the rise of rental platforms specializing…
Robb Report

Robb Report: Antarctica Cruise and Best New Hotels 2023

I had two stories in Robb Report this holiday season: A feature on my epic…
New York Times T Magazine

New York Times T Magazine: Jaipur and Lamu

For this week's installment of the New York Times T Magazine's Wanderlust hotel report, I wrote…