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Enter to win a signed copy of Andrew McCarthy’s memoir “The Longest Way Home”

You’re not alone if our podcast with Andrew McCarthy, award-winning travel writer and actor, got you thinking about the transformative power of travel. After meeting Andrew in person at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show, I dove into his memoir, “The Longest Way Home.” I found it to be a tremendous and moving read from start to finish. So I asked Andrew if we could give away three signed copies of the book here on our blog, and he was happy to oblige.

Andrew’s authentic, intimate memoir is a very personal tale of self-examination and discovery written before marrying his fiancé of four years. Finding he was unable to commit to a marriage he knew he wanted, Andrew embarked on an adventurous journey to explore some of the world’s most exotic, beautiful, and well-known destinations, including Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Amazon, Patagonia, Vienna, Costa Rica, and more. Along the way, he also explored himself through challenging encounters that test him. This soul-searching, spiritual journey traces his transformation from actor to travel writer, and charts the internal conflicts of his life. Andrew’s book is a terrific and inspiring read for anyone who has ever experienced life-changing moments of discovery through travel.

You won’t want to miss reading this book, so enter to win below! I’ll pick three winners on March 18, and announce them right here on the blog. One entry per person, please.

UPDATE: We’ve chosen the winners! Congratulations to: 

  • Carolyn DeGirolamo
  • Dianne Ninh
  • Charlene Tarsney

We’ve contacted all three of you, so look out for an email from me on how to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered, and look forward to more giveaways here on the blog soon!

Travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy explains how travel can help you overcome fear and connect with others

Have you ever been in a foreign country and stopped someone to ask for directions? If you have, there’s a good chance you were greeted with kindness and helpful tips to get you where you needed to go. This simple way of engaging with others is one of the easiest ways to interact with people, which Andrew McCarthy uses as one of his tactics when traveling abroad to break the ice with locals, even if he knows exactly where he is.

This is just one of many parts of Andrew’s travel philosophy, who is the editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler; an actor in such films as “Pretty in Pink,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” and “St. Elmo’s Fire”; and a director. When we heard he was going to be at The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show to promote his first memoir, “The Longest Way Home,” we knew we wanted to hear more from Andrew on how travel has changed his life.

Andrew generously gave us a few minutes of his time after he spoke at the travel show to explain how going outside of your comfort zone can obliterate fear, the transformative power of travel, and how acting and directing has affected his writing. He also talked about how, contrary to first thought, travel actually makes him feel at home. Hit play below to listen to all the details.

Many thanks to Andrew for sharing a few minutes of his time to chat with us! Be sure to follow Andrew on his website and Twitter for the latest information on his travel adventures.

About Peggy

Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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