Renowned actress Nomzamo Mbatha is no stranger to international travel but for her latest trip to the picturesque Turkish capital, she had to introduce her mother to a whole new world.
The Mbathas take over Istanbul
Nomzamo Mbatha has been living in Los Angeles, USA, for about a year. While home is truly where her heart is, the ease of life in the northern hemisphere does have its perks.
Her latest globe-trotting adventures took the renowned actress and philanthropist to Istanbul, where she spent some time away from the pressures of a demanding career with her mom.
“My mother’s birthday is on 21 March, which happens to be Human Rights Day, and she loves celebrating her birthday for more reasons than one. Sadly, I missed her birthday last year as I was in LA and will be missing it again as I will be working, again!
“So, I decided to celebrate differently, to celebrate my mother in early March and not wait for her birthday. I wanted to celebrate how hard she works and the woman that she is – a brilliant, strong, dynamic woman!” she said.
In a series of questions, Nomzamo Mbatha unpacked the key essentials to enjoying time in Istanbul.
Nomzamo Mbatha answers five questions about Turkey’s capital
What are the top 5 things you needed to pack for this trip to Istanbul?
- My PUMA Cali sneakers for walking, comfort & style. They’re so versatile!
- My Neutrogena face wipes
- My LeLabo perfume
- My most comfy Cotton On jeans
- And my passport of course!
What has been the most interesting type of food you’ve eaten in Istanbul?
I can’t choose! All the food has been spectacular. The spices, the freshness, the depth of flavour. I’ve loved every dish!
Which country stands high on your bucket list?
Honestly Istanbul, Turkey was high on my list – the culture, the history, the markets. I’ve been wanting to go for some time now. Due to time constraints, we sadly missed Antalya, the coastal city in Istanbul but next time I will definitely visit Antalya.
What are your top travel tips for travelling?
- Pack the essentials.
- Always have a great shoe in your carry on just in case of lost or delayed luggage…because clothing basics are easy to grab, and a great shoe can turn any outfit into a moment.
- Double-check your bag for your passport before walking out of the house.
What’s your travel style?
Comfort with a hint of luxury. I love to be comfortable and I love luxurious air travel and accommodations! Nothing better than my PUMA kicks in business class!