Traveler Tuesday – Charu of Butterfly Diary

Traveler-Tuesday-on-Misadventures-with-AndiCharu of Butterfly diary first came on my radar about a year ago. Someone I follow on Twitter had retweeted a post she wrote titled, “Behind the Scenes” Series: A Q&A with MMGY Global on Working With Travel Bloggers, Tips for Writers & More” which piqued my interest. And it was her writing that kept me coming back. Every post that Charu writes is extremely well thought out and researched. She has a meticulous attention to detail which I witnessed when I had the opportunity to meet her during the #Trafalgar2012 trip I went on in November.

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She is based in the New York area and blogs about travel and fashion. She has been using her super social media skills and entire network to actively fundraise for victims of hurricane Sandy

She is a pleasure to have a conversation with, extremely knowledgeable on a large breath of topics and extremely dedicated to being the consummate professional! I was delighted when she agreed to be interviewed for m Traveler Tuesday series.

[MWA] When and how did you become a traveler?

[Charu] I’ve been traveling since I was a baby: my earliest trip I can remember was when I was three years old, and when I was five I was whisked away from India to Africa and back, and it’s been non stop ever since.

[MWA] What is travel to you in 10 words or less?

[Charu] Being enriched through the encounter of other cultures, people, perspectives.

Charu and Erika
Charu and baby Erika during Fashion’s Night Out
[MWA] What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?

I love a good road trip! I really do love to travel by car because you’re more in control than say, a plane or a train. You can stop where you want, get a bit more off the beaten path and still go at a clip.

[MWA] What do you typically do while traveling by plane?

[Charu] I catch up on my movies! I hardly get out to the theater and I really love the fact that I can see recent releases on longer flights.

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Kona
[MWA] What is your favorite travel memory involving food?

When I was in Italy I encountered fresh Italian pizza with tons of basil and hardly any cheese, and had the best foccacia and cannolis in Sicily. I’ll never forget how fresh everything was. I practically ate my way through Italy, from the buffa tomatoes to the mozzarella. Not to mention the ristretto!

[MWA] What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?

Integrity, integrity, integrity! Don’t blog for an “audience” because you’ll sound fake if you do. Be yourself, love your community and cherish everyone you meet because it’s all about inspiring others to travel while remaining true to yourself.

Thanks Charu, I can eat my way through Italy too!

You can catch more of Charu on her blog or Facebook page and check out her chatter on Twitter, wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures! Charu is also an AFAR Ambassador so make sure you check out her Wanderlists.

16 Comments

  1. Katie @ Domestiphobia.net
    January 22, 2013

    What a beautiful person! Ugh, like I need another travel blog to follow… Off to read!

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  2. I agree, road trips are the best! Great interview and I love that photo!!!

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    1. Andi
      January 22, 2013

      @AndiP, I love the surfing photo too, it surprised me when I got it, didn’t think Charu was so athletic!

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  3. Mary @ Fox in Paris
    January 22, 2013

    Here, here! (re: “don’t blog for an audience.”) It’s genuinely painful to read a blog post that someone wrote just so others would come to their site. Great article!

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    1. Andi
      January 22, 2013

      @Mary, salut! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Couldn’t agree more with Charu and you!

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  4. Charu
    January 22, 2013

    Thank you so much for featuring me. It’s an honor to be on your site!

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    1. Andi
      January 22, 2013

      @Charu, the honor is all mine!

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  5. Marthalynn
    January 25, 2013

    She is charming! I love that she took baby out with her for FNO. Great interview, Andi! I really enjoyed reading this.

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  6. Denise Taylor-Dennis
    January 25, 2013

    This was a great interview, I wish I could travel more.

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  7. Daun Richert-Slagle
    January 26, 2013

    What a great Q & A. We learn so much from others and in the eyes and interpretation of others.. it’s great to see someone with an open mind sharing perspectives.. thanks for introducing us to Charu!!

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  8. Dandi Daffyhill
    January 26, 2013

    Man, it sure makes me want to travel! There are so many places I’d love to see!

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  9. Danielle Royalegacy
    January 26, 2013

    I would love to travel here. It looks so fascinating!

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  10. Jennifer
    January 26, 2013

    great interview, i really enjoyed it!

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  11. Jenna
    January 27, 2013

    I love Charu and of course enjoyed reading this. I have been impressed by her kindness and interest in helping other bloggers out. I hope to meet her in person someday soon!

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  12. Natalie T.
    April 22, 2013

    I got invited on that Trafalgar trip and couldn’t go! I can’t believe all of you wonderful people were on this trip!

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