The Travelling Turbanista
Written by Sarah White Sisi Bolatini, or the Travelling Turbanista, as she calls herself, is the perfect example of positivity. The travelling influencer uses her flight attendant role, to unearth destinations worldwide, giving us a snapshot into
Written by Sarah White
Sisi Bolatini, or the Travelling Turbanista, as she calls herself, is the perfect example of positivity.
The travelling influencer uses her flight attendant role, to unearth destinations worldwide, giving us a snapshot into different cultures through her creative style and love of fashion. The Dutch Moroccan, modest dresser, displays confidence and courage for fellow Arab women, by breaking the misconception of the daunting travelling alone stories. If this isn’t living proof, then I don’t know what is. Staying true to her roots Sisi, mixes traditional modest wear with an international flair, putting a fresh perspective on style.
Getting the chance to speak to her is a task in itself, due to her hectic flying schedule. However, what we did learn, is that she’s fun and fearless in the pursuit of living her dreams, one country at a time.
Can you tell us more about yourself, and your personality?
I’m Dutch by passport and Moroccan by roots, and I’m currently living in Abu Dhabi. I spend my days forty-thousand feet up in the sky, as a flight attendant, however, I’m also a social media influencer- I thrive to find a balance. My social platforms focus on the modest style that I mix up with current fashion. It started ironically, when a friend asked me to upload pictures of myself with outfits I wear in different countries and cities, I get to travel to. However, it shows varied styles on my traditional modest wear with cultural influences from my travels, this is what I love about my job- it’s inspiring, and I hope it inspires others too.
The Dutch Moroccan, modest dresser, displays confidence and courage for fellow Arab women.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a vast mix, although I do like to change, day by day, meaning no two days are the same. One day might be sneakers and ripped jeans, tomorrow night be a chic Abaya with stilettoes. I wear whatever makes me happy, whether it fits into society or not, I am me, and that’s what I represent.
Who are your favourite designers, and why?
I would say Chanel, I love Chanel and the way they represent femininity and classiness. At the same time, I have this thing for Alexander McQueen, McQueen dares to think outside of the box, thinking outside of your comfort zone, and this totally matches my perspective on fashion and style.
What is your most memorable moment so far?
My most memorable moment was when I first visited the Grand Canyon since I’m from Amsterdam, the Grand Canyon is so far from home, it’s something you only saw on TV and in movies.
I wear whatever makes me happy, whether it fits into society or not, I am me, and that’s what I represent.
In terms of travel vlogging, what would you say is your best trip or hotel stay, and why?
I would say the Californian tour, starting in San Francisco, to San Diego, to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and to the Grand Canyon. This was the best trip of my life, two-girls renting an open-top roof mustang, crossing the Pacific Highway with the most stunning sunsets was definitely once in a lifetime opportunity. It was also an opportunity to show my followers anything is possible, even when you are from a conservative family or traditional cultures, where women are usually not allowed to travel alone. If you really want something, you can achieve it, with positivity and determination.
What are the most favourite campaigns you have been involved in and why?
One of the most beautiful campaigns I have done, was the ‘Rituals Campaign’ in Bali. The campaign was all about good karma, thirty-days of it. I dared myself and my followers to give and do good for thirty-days straight and became a better version of yourself. This campaign was amazing, I found my inner peace, and surrounded myself by mother nature in Bali.
If you really want something, you can achieve it, with positivity and determination.