{Well on the road} Andrew McCarthy

photo via andrewmccarthy.com

photo via andrewmccarthy.com

Andrew Mccarthy
author, travel writer, actor, director

Most recently in: Hawaii and India

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: Almond butter (sometimes tricky to get through security, but I hem and haw, and they let it go) and rice crackers. It is my staple while traveling, saves my ass every time.

Tell us your in-flight rituals: I always just have a big bottle of water and I carry my own green tea (the only thing they ever have on a plane is Lipton, and I can't do that). I always take my shoes off right away, and bring a sweater (even when I'm leaving from and arriving at a hot place) since I always seem to be freezing on a plane. I generally don't eat airplane food so my almond butter usually gets me through, or if I've really planned ahead, I carry some turkey.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? Jet lag kills me (I'm totally jet lagged right now, doing this in the middle of the night , since I just arrived from India last yesterday ;) I don't have a set thing I do. Sometimes I go to bed immediately on arrival, sometimes I force myself to stay up as long as possible. But I always try and get out and walk. It serves two purposes. It grounds me in the place and walking is the best way to get to know a location anyway. And If I give in to it, jet lag can be a dreamy, enjoyable state, as long as I'm not operating any heavy machinery.

Describe your workout on the road style? I do a lot of Spinning at home, which I never seem to find on the road, so I walk, A LOT. If I'm in an outdoor setting I try to get in a few long hikes.

How do you keep sickness at bay? I always carry a bottle of grapefruit seed extract, a few drops a day (sometimes more) and I have never had a stomach problem on the road - even in India.

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? Frankly, pizza. But the grown-up part of me tries to eat a lot of fresh fish. I generally try to eat a simpler diet on the road, it minimizes complications.

What do you do to stay grounded? I try to establish a routine as quickly as possible, even if it's just one thing in the morning, going to the same place for a cup of tea etc. It helps establish stability. And it's nice to create "history" at a place and get to know the people. The place doesn't even have to be very good, that's not the point. Sometimes bad places are more memorable and capture the essence of a place. And I try and write a little everyday.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I use the phone (and cringe at the bill), or Skype, if I can get a strong enough signal.

About Andrew: Having made his professional acting debut at 19, Andrew has gone one to have an illustrious career both in front of and behind the camera. His true passion is travel and the people he meets along the way that help tell his story. Read about this in his travel memoir The Longest Way Home. Follow Andrew and his travels via Twitter and his website.