Andrew Mersmann
Most Recent Book Title
Frommer's 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference
Book Description
Frommer's worldwide guide to voluntourism, volunteer vacations, and service travel.

Make a profound difference in how you travel. This guidebook leads you to places around the globe where you can serve communities while exploring them in a unique, connected way. From serving street kids in Delhi, India, to teaching English on the beaches of Salvador, Brazil, to tracking dolphins in Oahu, Hawaii, or building a school in Madagascar, you'll find an adventure that matches your interests and lets you see your destination with new eyes.

The book will inspire you with both short- and long-term travel choices, while giving you accurate pricing, trip provider contact information, suggestions on nearby sites to visit, and advice on how to pick the right trip for you.

Location (city/state/country)
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA
Author bio
Andrew Mersmann is currently the Executive Vice President at evox Television and Marketplace (, a digital TV network and discovery platform focused on quality of life, health, effective business and prosperity, and community service and connection.

Andrew is author of Frommer’s 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference (*Frommer’s/John Wiley & Sons 2009) global guide to volunteer vacations (Gold Medal: Society of American Travel Writers—Best Guide Book of 2010, later translated into Chinese and Russian). He is the former Editor in Chief and current Editor at Large of PASSPORT Magazine, and blogs about service travel and volunteering at

Mersmann has been a featured speaker and moderator at New York Times Travel Show, keynote for Smithsonian Associates, teacher and lecturer for 92ndStreet Y-TriBeCa, and recurring interview guest on Oprah and Friends, Animal House, The Focus Group, NY1 TV. He has served as a judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference.
Professional Speaker Topics
Travel Writing
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

“We think that we’re not happy because of what we’re not getting, but really we’re not happy because of what we’re not giving.”
~Marianne Williamson

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