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September 19th, 2012
11:46 AM ET

Actor Andrew McCarthy on his new book and how traveling around the world changed his life

Andrew McCarthy is known by many from classic ‘80s movies like “Pretty in Pink”, “St. Elmo's Fire” and “Weekend at Bernie’s.” McCarthy is also known as an award winning travel writer. In his new book entitled “The Longest Way Home - One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down,” McCarthy chronicles his travels and the inward journey he took while exploring the world.

McCarthy tells “Early Start’s” Zoraida Sambolin that traveling was a complete accident. “I was a big traveler. Traveling sort of changed my life and it was just a passion of mine that I pursued. I met an editor of a magazine. I finally bombarded him… to let him write for his magazine and eventually it took off from there.”

The actor says his book is about taking an inward journey and answering questions on how people connect, form intimacy, commit and form partnerships. “I answer questions, some people go to therapy, some people sit and have chats over coffee. I find the answers to my questions when I go far from home.”

McCarthy who describes himself as a solitary person says he was “sad to be leaving” to cover a story for his magazine after getting married but still “thrilled to be going alone.” He adds, “I couldn’t reconcile those two aspects of myself. That need for solitude for solitude… and the need and the yearning to be together.”

“Whenever I come back from a trip I’m a better version of myself,” says McCarthy. “I have more access to my love… and if I bring home a better version of me, that’s a good thing.”

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