Travel Style: Andrew McCarthy

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Name: Andrew McCarthy

Occupation: Actor/Travel Writer

Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Residence: New York

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Short Bio: Andrew McCarthy is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler.  He’s written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, was named “Travel Journalist of the Year” by the Society of American Travel Writers in 2010, and won their “Grand Award” in 2011. As an actor he has appeared in dozens of films including The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Joy Luck Club, Mulholland Falls, and of course such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Less Then Zero, as well as cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. His memoir, “,” was published by Free Press in September 2012. He lives in New York.

His new novel—”Just Fly Away”—is available .

How often do you fly: Several times a month

How many countries have you been to: 50+

How many continents have you been to: 5

Favorite American city: New York and Lander, Wyoming

Favorite international city: Rome

Least favorite country: I like them all, although I don’t have great memories of Oslo (but it might have been the jet lag)

Favorite World Heritage Site: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Patagonia, Argentina

Favorite airline: The one that upgrades me

Favorite aircraft type: 747

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite U.S. airport: SF

Favorite international airport: Vamizi International Airport  – (see photo)

Vamizi International Airport

Favorite ho The Berkeley London

Favorite cruise line: Never been

Favorite island: Maui

Favorite fancy restaurant: The French Laundry

Favorite hole in the wall: Lexington Luncheonette NYC

Favorite fruit: Mango

Favorite food: Rib-eye steak

Least favorite food: Brussel sprouts

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Sparking water

Favorite travel movie(s): Weekend At Bernies

Favorite travel show(s): No Reservations

Favorite travel book(s): 

Right now I am reading: 

Five things you bring on a plane: A book, music, gum, water

What do you always seem to forget: My earphones for music

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Good sunglasses (I’m always loosing them)

What’s your dream destination: Atacama Desert. Patagonia again. Tibet. Bhutan. Seychelles. Burma. That’s a start…

Best travel tip: Carry on

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7 Comments on "Travel Style: Andrew McCarthy"

  1. Thank you for the fascinating interview with Mr. McCarthy. Looking forward to reading The Longest Way Home in September.

  2. I attended NOLS and LOVE me some Lander Wyoming. A well-kept secret! (Til now, of course…)

  3. Lander, Wyoming is great! I camped and explored ’round that area for two weeks. Have a great time at the Book Passage Conference this year, Andrew! And happy travels.

  4. Error: Lowell Thomas Award is NOT presented by Society of American Travel Writers. It is presented by the SATW Foundation, satwf.com

  5. Thank you for the interview with Andrew McCarthy! I have loved him since I first saw him in Pretty in Pink. It’s nice to see that he loves travel, but I didn’t know he is also a writer. I look forward to reading more from him.

  6. Sparkling not Sparking, right?

  7. Nicolas Petramale | August 22, 2016 at 12:37 am | Reply

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