A professional travel writer and editor for the past four decades, Don George has explored the farthest corners of the world. The former travel editor for the San Francisco Examiner and SF Chronicle, George founded the Wanderlust section of Salon.com and was recently the global travel editor for Lonely Planet Publications. George’s work has appeared in many publications and he is a frequent guest on NPR and CNN.

In his new book, The Way of Wanderlust, George’s adventurous tales over the last 40 years—climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, ascending Yosemite’s Half Dome, a moving homestay experience in Cambodia—come together in one inspiring volume.

I had such fun interviewing Don! It was the first time I’d done a live interview, and there was a lot to keep track of: asking questions, listening to responses and following up, weaving in questions from the audience, keeping an eye on the time and inserting a “commercial” fifteen minutes before the end of the interview, and — the most fun — banging the official Commonwealth Club gavel three times at the beginning and end of the session.

Hear Don George talk about the craft of travel writing