A friend just posted this page from the travel book, “The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, ” and it captures one element of the importance of travel beautifully!
It’s written by the travel writing award-winning Andrew McCarthy (IMDB bio), who you may know from his acting career, as an original Brat Pack member (Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, later Weekend at Bernie’s).
Reposted from Grace – “A great read so far! Recommended for all who dream of travel, have dabbled in travel, or have been incurable from the travel bug.” Thanks Grace!
Who knew that McCarthy, a familiar face on the big screen (St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink) and the small (Law & Order, Monk), is also a noted travel writer! An editor at large for National Geographic Traveler and winner of several awards (including Travel Journalist of the Year), he contributes travel articles to numerous publications, and his work has appeared in the anthology The Best American Travel Writing. This is not some memoir written by an actor who fancies himself a world traveler. McCarthy really is a world traveler—and a damned fine writer, too. The book features eight destinations—New York, Patagonia, the Amazon, the Osa, Vienna, Baltimore, Kilimanjaro, and Dublin—and, along the way, McCarthy explores himself, too, introducing us to a man whose love for life is matched only by his love for the woman he would eventually marry (and whose growing importance to McCarthy is a thread that runs throughout the book). To readers who think, “Andrew McCarthy? Really?” the answer is a resounding and emphatic yes. Really.
Andrew McCarthy as a travel writer:
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.