Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Title/bio: Travel writer | Actor |Director
Twitter/website: @andrewtmccarthy | www.andrewmccarthy.com
Born in: New Jersey
Currently living in: New York City
1. Where would you rather be
I spent some time in Patagonia early
this year and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I gotta get back there.
2. Famous person (dead or
alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
I travel to get away from people – dead
3. Everyone asks what’s #1 on
your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
I’ve been seeing a lot of pictures of
the Northern Lights lately. Every time I do, I tell myself I have to get up to
see them (after swimming with whales in Tonga and one secret trip).
4. Your most stranded,
“oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
A flat tire with no spare on a remote
road in Mozambique… and the sound of some not-so-distant drumming
5. Best (or worst) person/people
you’ve had to sit next to while travelling:
I was on an overnight train from Saigon
to Hanoi in a compartment with three Vietnamese business men who chain smoked
and killed a bottle of whisky. One threw up on the floor and then they all went
6. Strangest meal abroad:
At the Belen market in Iquitos, in the
Peruvian Amazon. Grilled slug – full of protein!
7. If someone was visiting
your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
I really like the Famine Memorial tucked
away in lower Manhattan. Somehow they’ve managed to make it really evocative of
Ireland and very moving. “A well fed man has many problems, a hungry man has
8. Travel-related invention
you wish existed:
A brain implant to allow me to speak any
language I want, whenever I want.
9.Your most embarrassing
travel faux pas:
Eating with my left hand at a communal
10. Material thing you miss the
most when away from home:
New York pizza
11. Most unique souvenir:
I was in Berlin when the wall fell in ’89.
Everyone was drunk and dancing in subzero weather, no one noticed the cold. I
got a nice piece of the wall and still have it.
12. Best celebrity encounter
I ran into Seamus Heaney in a pub in the
west of Ireland, eating oysters and drinking Guinness. Nice guy.
13. Coolest mode of transport
14. The place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to
Lander, Wyoming. Shh…
15. Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
Casablanca or Paul Theroux’s Tao of
16. The travel story you’ll
never stop bragging about:
Walking across Spain on the Camino de
Santiago. It was a life changer.
17. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
Ask for help, often. Say please and thank
you – works wonders off the road as well.