Andrew McCarthy: Travel Writer Extraordinaire?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

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 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.

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