Andrew McCarthy won my heart as an aspiring writer suffering from (mostly) unrequited love in “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Darned if he hasn’t found success in real life – and love – as a travel writer. He’s penned a book, “The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down,” about his physical and emotional journey to a happier, healthier life. In this video, McCarthy reflects upon his development as a travel writer:

“It forced me to communicate more with people, because I had to go out and get quotes from them and get stuff for articles. It brought me out into the world and out of my personal shell. And it also forced me to try and find the story in everywhere I went …”

I can relate. Bet you can, too.