Michael McCarthy has been traveling all his life, starting with hitchhiking as a teenager and hopping freight trains like his childhood hero Jack Kerouac. These days he is more likely to be found at airports on his way to resorts or adventures in Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean or anywhere in North or South America. He is the author of two novels and several outdoors books. Michael previously worked as a radio news reporter and editor, a freelance features writer for newspapers and magazines, and a writer of travel literature. His travel short stories have appeared in several anthologies and dozens of newspapers.
Michael’s philosophy is simple: “All of life is a journey. You don’t need to be on an airplane to Botswana to enjoy an adventure. It’s all a state of mind.” His real interest is not tourism, but “making the world a better place.” His humanitarian work has taken him to schools, hospitals, orphanages, old folks homes, town dumps, prisons, factories, wildlife refuges and high mountains around the world. Wherever possible, Michael works to bring people together for mutual benefit, whether rich or poor, young or old.
When not busy traveling, writing stories, making documentaries and short video clips of his “adventures with purpose and meaning” to various remote destinations, Michael lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and son. He enjoys hiking the local mountains, playing ice hockey, watching movies, and organizing events that bring people together.
Michael was given the Ethics in Action Award by Canadian Businesses for Social Responsibility for his work employing street-involved people across Canada and bringing the issue of homelessness to national attention. He is a volunteer with the Write to Read Project brings libraries, books and computers to remote aboriginal communities across British Columbia. (www.writetoreadproject.org.)