Andrew McCarthy wants you to go somewhere, anywhere.
The actor turned travel writer thinks fear holds Americans back from going places. And he should know. McCarthy, editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler and author of "The Longest Way Home," writes about the fears he has faced and conquered through travel, and it's a lesson he hopes will inspire others.
"My soapbox is 'changing the world one trip at a time,' " he said in a National Geographic Live! interview last October (see video). McCarthy will talk about his writings (and likely his fears too) as one of the featured speakers at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Sunday.
In the story titled "What Am I Doing Here?" in the October issue of National Geographic Traveler, McCarthy detailed the fear that derailed him during his arduous 500-mile walk along Spain's Camino de Santiago. And it appeared again in a hotel in Singapore and in the Brazilian Amazon, too. He writes: