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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Zibby Allen

Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Zibby Allen played a nurse for six years on “Grey’s Anatomy” before appearing in “Bates Motel,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “:30 Second Somebodies.” Her latest projects include the Netflix series “Virgin River” and the Lifetime TV movie “Lies Between Friends.” Asked if she thought either of her last two fictional characters would make a good traveling companion, Allen said, “That’s a fun question. I think Brie from ‘Virgin River’ would be a rad travel companion, actually. She’s resourceful, organized, self-sufficient, loves a drink and isn’t afraid to take risks. Self-sufficiency is a valuable quality for travel, I think. You’re truly venturing into the unknown anytime you go somewhere new and it helps to have that kind of confident self trust to navigate it all. Brie’s got that in spades. On the other hand, my character in ‘Lies Between Friends’ might be just a bit too uptight for travel. Ha!”

Q: You were born and raised in the Bay Area. Where’s home now?

A: Right now I’m stationed in Vancouver, British Columbia, where “Virgin River” films. Otherwise, my husband and I split our time living between Los Angeles, Edinburgh and Vancouver. My job isn’t very conducive to staying in one place for too long. Luckily, we kind of prefer living that way for now.

Q: What’s it like filming in Canada?

A: Honestly, filming “Virgin River” in British Columbia has been one of the most beautiful places I’ve worked so far. The scenery is a huge feature of the show. It’s as stunning in person as it looks on the screen. I’m a nature lover, so the luxury of working among the redwoods, next to flowing rivers, or on mountaintops is a grounding perk. The only time it’s not so fun is when it’s super rainy or cold. Wardrobe gives us heated vests to put under our costumes, which helps, but trying to say lines with frozen lips is hilarious and horrible all at once.

Q: Has this pandemic made you change your travel bucket list at all?


A: Definitely. Where I would normally be booking trips to places yet unseen on my hiatus, my husband and I have been busy prioritizing trips home to reconnect with family whom we’ve missed seeing since the pandemic began. It’s totally worth it, though. Like almost everyone else, we’ve missed out on so many moments and time spent with loved ones. Some of our best friends have had babies, whom we have yet to meet, and are already celebrating their second birthday! It’s so strange. So yeah, we have some lost time to make up for before we book a vacation to Greece.

Q: If you had to cancel travel plans due to the pandemic, where were they to?

A: I did have to cancel two trips. One was a trip back to Edinburgh, where we normally spend time every year. The other was a trip to Kauai and Maui. My Northern Irish husband has yet to visit the Hawaiian Islands and I've been so excited to experience that place with him for his first time. The pandemic had different plans for us all. We’ll re-book eventually, though.

Q: What untapped destination should people know about?


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