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Tea reigns in Darjeeling, where life is marked by the four harvest seasons: first flush in spring, the second flush in June, monsoon season (yes, it’s a tea season) July-August, and the autumn flush from October into November. No matter how you take your cuppa, here’s a short and sweet guide to visiting this world-renowned tea mecca.

Andrew McCarthy journeyed all the way to India in search of the perfect Darjeeling, and wrote about the experience for Traveler magazine, but you don’t have to go around the globe to sip on some of the world’s best brews. Here’s a list of teas that are steeped in local tradition—and how you can try them at home.

Traveler Editor at Large Andrew McCarthy kept a home on Maui for nearly a decade in the late 1980s and early ’90s. “I always passed through Hawaii’s state capital as quickly as I could—a blemish on the face of paradise, was my uninformed opinion” he writes. Here he returns to Honolulu and goes beyond the mai tais and tiki torches to find a true-blue—and truly global—American city.

“When I first met Andrew McCarthy, he had never been published,” recounts National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows. “He convinced me to take a chance on him.” The wager paid off. For the past several years, McCarthy has been raking in accolades and awards for his distinctive storytelling and delivering brilliant prose again and again for Traveler, where the actor-director is now an editor at large. Here’s a brief peek at the life and times of Andrew McCarthy.

Just past the gleaming high-rises of Hawaii’s capital, in traditional neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Kakaako, locals keep the heart of aloha beating in Honolulu’s art-filled galleries and island-themed bars. Here’s the best this tropical haven has to offer.

Ask Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy is having a big year.

Somewhere between picking up top honors from the Society of American Travel Writers for “The Cycle of Life” and publishing the acclaimed memoir The Longest Way Home, the Traveler magazine contributing editor found time to write the foreword for National Geographic’s new coffee-table-worthy book, World’s Best Travel Experiences.

We thought we’d take the opportunity to let our readers ask him about his own time spent on the road. This is what he had to say.

#TripLit: Andrew McCarthy Interview

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Last May, actor, director, and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy sat down with our Trip Lit columnist Don George to talk about life on the road. You can now watch the Nat Geo Live! interview online. Learn how McCarthy made the transition from acting to writing and how he approaches new destinations. Plus, find out…

Tomorrow night here at the National Geographic Society, writer, actor, director, and Traveler contributing editor Andrew McCarthy will sit down with Trip Lit columnist Don George to share his most memorable travel adventures. You probably know Andrew for his acting roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Anything But Love, and 2B Perfectly Honest,…