Home & Leisure

Celebrity Travel: Go away with Natalie Zea

Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

“(In)  2021, I lived in the single most locked down city in the world – Melbourne, Australia,” said Natalie Zea, who stars in the NBC series “La Brea.” “Not only were we not able to legally travel outside the city limits, but we were restricted to being in our homes for all but two hours a day. That experience made myself and my family even more determined to see as much of Australia as we could once the lockdown lifted. This time around, we’ve made sure to take advantage of long weekends and plan short road trips in and around Victoria or even the occasional day trip.” Zea splits her time between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

Q: Did you have to cancel any trips because of this pandemic?

A: We had a friend’s 50th birthday in Mexico planned for May 2020. That obviously got shut down. And once we got to Australia, we tried getting to Queensland twice and both times had to cancel due to snap lockdowns.

Q: Where have you visited for work that you went back to later for a vacation?

A: The only location I’ve ever been to as a vacation destination is New York City. I tend to travel outside the country when I travel for leisure and most of my jobs are either in the United States or Canada. We do talk about going on vacation in Australia long after the show is done because we’ve put down roots there and made a lot of friends.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?


A: Costa Rica. I’ve been there three times and while all three experiences were different, they were all so magical. My advice would be, don’t stay at a fancy resort. The people of Costa Rica are so kind and beautiful and interesting. It seems such a waste to not be out among them. It’s the kind of place where you could be staying in a hut with a dirt floor and it just doesn’t matter. I’ve done it.

Q: What untapped destination should people know about?

A: I’m not sure there are any more untapped destinations. We did stay at a place deep in the rainforest near Port Douglas in Queensland (Australia) that was untouched and quite empty. Not gonna tell you the name of it though. I’d like to keep it that way.

Q: What was the first trip you took as a child?


swipe to next page



1 and Done David Horsey Barney Google And Snuffy Smith The Other Coast Gary Markstein The Lockhorns