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BY ALICIA RANCILIO
NEW YORK--Twenty years ago, actor Andrew McCarthy read a book about walking the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route in Spain, and it inspired him to walk the Camino himself.
"That sort of changed the way I felt in the world and it helped me stop being afraid of the world," recalled McCarthy, 49. "It helped me realize travel obliterates fear."
McCarthy, whose best-known films include his work as part of Hollywood's "Brat Pack" in "Pretty in Pink" and "St. Elmo's Fire," is now an acclaimed travel writer for major magazines (he admits that he's lucky to have "the two best jobs in the world" as both an actor and a writer). And he's just written his own book about travel called "The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down."
He sums up his conflicts over settling down as, "I want to be alone and I want to be with you," and says he resolved the conflict "the way I answer all questions in my life, by traveling."
Here's more from McCarthy, who is married and the father of two children, about travel:
;"> Are your children good travelers?
Everything to them is an adventure. My kids love the plane. They love going through security. I mean, there are very few meltdowns when we travel and most of them are mine. I took my son to the Sahara when I was doing a story and he had an incredible experience in the Sahara. We had a 12-hour car ride through the wilds of Morocco and at home if we were in the car for more than 20 minutes, he would've had an issue, but he is fantastic, you know? As long as I supplied him with Coca-Cola, he was great.
;"> Any place you don't like?