Travel writer Andrew McCarthy, authoer of the Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, joins NG Traveler editor at large Don George in a conversation about the transformative power of travel.
Andrew McCarthy made his professional début at 19 in Class. He has appeared in dozens of films, including The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Joy Luck Club, Mulholland Falls, and of course such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, and Less Then Zero, as well as cult favorites Weekend At Bernie's and Mannequin.
On television, McCarthy co-starred for two seasons on Lipstick Jungle (where he also worked as a director). A few of his other TV credits include Royal Pains, Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, and all the Law & Order's, as well as White Collar and Gossip Girl (both of which he worked as a director as well).
In the theater, he has starred on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play, Side Man, and in The Boys of Winter. Other New York appearances include Neil Labute's, Fat Pig and John Patrick Shanley's,Psycopathia Sexualis. He has directed several works of Neil Labute, as well as plays by Warren Leight and Julia Cho.
In a parallel career, Andrew is an award winning travel writer. He is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal,Slate, Travel+Leisure, Afar, Men’s Journal, Bon Appetit, National Geographic Adventure, and others. The Society of American Travel Writers named him their 2010 “Travel Journalist of the Year,” and in 2011 he won their “Grand Award.” He also was awarded the 2011 “Grand Award” from the North American Travel Journalists Association, and has three times been cited for notable work in the "Best American Travel Writing" series. His memoir, THE LONGEST WAY HOME, will be published by Free Press in September 2012. He lives in New York.