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Andrew McCarthy

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Solo Travel

Fear of loneliness stops people from traveling alone. This is unfortunate as alone is something we are a lot. If more Americans got out and traveled they would change themselves and the world.

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Andrew speaks about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He discusses fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes. Best known for his acting career and starring roles in St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, and Weekend at Bernie's, he has a successful Broadway career and is currently a highly regarded director. Current projects include hit series' Orange is the New Black, Turn, and The Blacklist. He returned to acting in ABC's 2016 hit, The Family. His debut novel for young readers, Just Fly Away will be published in March 2017.

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Andrew McCarthy is a director, an award winning travel writer, and—of course—an actor. He made his professional début at 19 while attending New York University as a theatre major in Class, with Rob Lowe and Jaqueline Bisset. He has since appeared in dozens of films, including The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Joy Luck Club, as well as such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie's and Mannequin. He has starred in over two dozen movies, acted in numerous TV shows, and appeared on Broadway as well. McCarthy was known as a member of the 1980s "Brat Pack" of young actors that included Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.

He has starred on Broadway and on television, appearing on numerous shows including Lipstick Jungle, Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, and all the Law & Order's. He is also a highly regarded television director, having worked on Orange is the New Black, Alpha House, Black Box, Gossip Girl and White Collar, among others.

Simultaneously, 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 Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Travel+Leisure, AFAR, Men's Journal, Bon Appetit, and many others. He has received six Lowell Thomas awards, and been named Travel Journalist of the Year by The Society of American Travel Writers. His travel memoir, THE LONGEST WAY HOME, became a New York Times Best Seller, and the Financial Times of London named it one of the Best Books of 2012. In the fall of 2014 his work will appear in the Best American Travel series. He lives in New York.

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The Magic Road - Intro

Andrew McCarthy is looking for the magic road in Ireland. Is it fact or fiction? Andrew uses this clip from his travel show as his intro video.

The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

The Longest Way Home

One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

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