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Celebrity Travel: Go Away With Billy Campbell

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Media Services on

Billy Campbell stars as Darren Richmond on the AMC series "The Killing." Born in Charlottesville, Va., the actor resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, and says he loves exploring Canada. "I go out to Vancouver Island, rent a cabin in Ucluelet, surf all day, then have dinner and a glass of wine by the fireplace in the big room at the Long Beach Lodge," he says. "Vancouver is the city of my dreams. And at 52, I'm young enough to enjoy the outdoors, but old enough to enjoy me." Campbell also has roles in the upcoming films "Fat Kid Rules the World" and "The Disappeared."

Q. What's your favorite destination?

A. The Barque Picton Castle (, a square-rigged sailing-training ship working out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. And she's my favorite destination because she uses sweet trade winds to carry me and my shipmates to some of the most amazing places in the world, like the Pitcairn Islands, Vanuatu, Capetown and Dominica!

Q. To someone who was going there for the first time, do you have any travel tips?

A. If you were going the way we go, on a beautiful barque, you'd take very little money ashore and count on the kindness of strangers.

Q. Did you love your first childhood trip?


A. Yes. The first trip I remember taking was on the train from Virginia up to New York City, watching the summertime countryside rolling past the window. They used white linen tablecloths in the dining car in those days, and real silver. I love trains to this day. Maybe that was the beginning of my fixation with leisurely modes of travel.

Q. How does your career impact your travels?

A. Depends on my role. If it's a big one, not a lot. A small role means they may have to come looking for me when they need me, as I am liable to be out causing trouble somewhere. I have been known for years to my representatives as a bit of a location trollop. Meaning that my first question of them regarding a potential gig is very likely to be, "Where's it filming?" Last year I did a job for a first-time director who had no script -- there was a vague outline, nothing more -- and very little money. It was an unlikely prospect, except it was shooting in Antarctica. I'd have paid him to go! And he did a great job, by the way.

Q. What are your five favorite cities?


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