New York Times: In Melbourne, a Colorful and Quirky Retreat

November 21, 2015 4:58 pm


The South AfriKhan is Sarah Khan, impotent a South Africa–based writer, illness editor, and champion for curly-haired rights.

I was an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine in New York City for nearly five years before I moved to Cape Town, where I’m now a freelance writer. I grew up in four countries (Canada, Saudi Arabia, India, and the U.S.) so what’s a fifth, right?

As a travel writer, my job is to inspire you add to your bucket list. I’m a hoarder of hotel pens, a disciple of maps, and a connoisseur of global junk food, all the marks of a peripatetic. (Look it up. It’s a good word.) My passport and my beat-up Samsonite wheelie are my extended family, and my best friend is whoever is holding the camera at the moment. If you travel with me, you will not get lost, guaranteed — people (well, one person) have been known to call me GPS, or Geep for short. My picks for coolest city names are Tegucigalpa and Ouagadougou, though I’ve yet to visit either. When I’m on the road, I always talk to strangers: I befriended a flamenco guitarist in Granada, a duo of Bollywood-singing waiters in Casablanca, a pizzeria owner in Florence who resembled the Sicilian from Princess Bride, a donkey in Petra, and my husband in Cape Town.

Cape Town happens to be my favorite city, and now I live here. You’ll find me exploring South Africa and beyond, chronicling my adventures right here as The South AfriKhan.

Head over to my original website, By Sarah Khan, to view my portfolio of work as a writer: my travel, fashion, lifestyle, arts, food, and entertainment journalism and humorous personal essays have been published in The New York Times (where I’ve filled in for their popular Frugal Traveler column), New York Times T Magazine, Wall Street Journal, WSJ. Magazine, Vogue India, Travel + Leisure (I’m the T+L Local Expert for Cape Town), Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveller (US, UK, India, and Middle East editions), National Geographic Traveler, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Town & Country Travel, Elle Decor, Washington Post, New York Magazine, Departures, Elite Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar India, Marie Claire South Africa,, The Atlantic, Forbes, Fodor’s, The Independent, Delta Sky, British Airways High Life, Emirates Open Skies, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Post, Los Angeles Confidential, and numerous other outlets. My 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 my essay “When Coconuts Attack” has been featured in the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35. If you’d like to reach me — perhaps you’re looking to share a travel recommendation, ask me for help with your Cape Town itinerary, or just want to say “Howzit?” — you can e-mail me at southafrikhan[AT]gmail[DOT]com, or follow me on Twitter and Instagram — I’m @BySarahKhan on both. And if you enjoyed your visit, please show my Facebook page some “Like” too!

Still curious to learn more about me, from my curly hair to my penchant for collecting disco balls? Read my other bio here.

The design and logo of is courtesy of the talented Melissa Camero Ainslie of Fülano Group.

This photo was taken at the Royal Malewane in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Yes, I really did dress like that on safari. Don’t judge me.

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