Andrew McCarthy on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Andrew McCarthy on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Mention the name “Andrew McCarthy” to any female child of the ’80s, and chances are, you’ll receive an approving nod. Girls fell hard for the actor’s boyish good looks and sly smile in iconic 80′s films like Pretty in PinkMannequin and St. Elmo’s Fire. I’ll admit that I was among them.

But when I heard that McCarthy had written a book, a travel memoir, no less, I was a bit skeptical. It turns out, though, that McCarthy is no beginner when it comes to travel writing.

Since his first travel writing article was published in 2004, he’s been covering destinations around the world for publications like National Geographic TravelerTravel + LeisureThe Atlantic and others. Heck, he was even named the 2010 “Travel Journalist of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers.

But the real proof of Andrew McCarthy’s skill can be found in the pages of his new book, “The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down” (Free Press, $26).

Read the full article and interview at Go World Travel Magazine