Andrew McCarthy: Travel Writer Extraordinaire?


Andrew McCarthy: Travel Writer Extraordinaire?

Last night, here in New York at the monthly Restless Legs Reading Series, Don George presented his new book (just in time for the holiday season he noted!), “A Moveable Feast,” a Lonely Planet-issued anthology of food-centric travel stories curated by Mr. George himself. After a brief introduction at the mic, Don announced that the first reader of the night would be an Andrew McCarthy reading his submission, “The Best Meal I Ever Had.”

Andrew McCarthy . . . Andrew McCarthy, why did I recognize this name? I leaned over to my friend Jude. “Why do I know that name?”

“You know,” she whispered, “from ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ ‘Mannequin’ and ‘Weekend at Bernie’s.’”

Ahhh, that’s right, I thought it sounded familiar.

Well, turns out, despite my delusion that I had a pretty good grasp of the travel writing world, Mr. McCarthy has completely flown under my radar, despite the fact that, as I discovered several Google searches later, Andrew’s been busy racking up travel articles in the last few years for publications such as Travel+Leisure, Afar, Men’s Journal, Islands, National Geographic Adventure, The Atlantic, Bon Appetit and Slate.com. Not to mention the fact that he was recently named the 2010 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year.

How he finds to do this in between his still busy acting — and now directing — career is beyond me, but it goes to show that there really is no better dream job in the world than that of a travel writer. Okay, surf instructor is probably first, but travel writer is a close second.



Published on November 11, 2010

  • http://www.kirstenalana.com/ Kirsten Alana

    Loved him as an actor – but actually like his travel writing even better than his film credits. I thought his piece on the pearl shopping for his mother was one of the best pieces of travel writing I’ve ever read.

  • http://lesliekochtravel.blogspot.com/ LeslieTravel

    Wow, can't believe I missed this event! Looks like it was a blast. Still, I'm a bit discouraged: now I have to compete with Andrew McCarthy for freelance travel writing gigs, in addition to scores of non-celeb journalists. Yikes! ;)

  • Jude Polotan

    A great reading and a fun night! Can't wait till the next Restless Legs featuring you and writers from your exciting new anthology!