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The Mixed Feelings of Travel

I’ve come to accept that being on the road and away from my family is part of my life. As an author, speaker and consultant I’ve got to get on a plane or train quite often to get to the people who are paying me for my services.

I also have an incurable case of wanderlust, that makes me want to experience everything the world has to offer and meet as many great people as possible during my time here.

But, the truth is every night before I leave on a trip I get a little down and sad because it means another set of days that I won’t be at home with my family where I am most happy.

I know I’m not the only one who deals with this and there are ways to stay connected while I’m away, but it is tough.

Today finds me flying to Rotterdam where I’m speaking on Thursday night and then will get to spend a day in Amsterdam as well. This is an amazing opportunity and one that I’m very thankful for. I can’t wait to walk around these cities with my cameras and capture it all and then share it with all of you.

But, on the flipside I hate the fact that I’ve got an 8 1/2 hour plane right ahead of me. I’ve never spent that long in a chair in my life. It also sucks since I rarely sleep on planes. But, my iPad and laptop are both loaded with content and I’ve got some magazines as well to pass the time.

A great quote I once heard was, “I love travel. I just hate getting there.”

I don’t know who said it, but it fits my feelings perfectly.

It will be an amazing week. I know that.

I know I’ll return home with stories, photos and a new stamp on my passport. I also know that when I wake up in my own bed and the kids come in to give me birthday hugs it will be the best feeling in the world.

Safe travels to everyone else on the road today.

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  • by Arjun Basu
    December 13, 2011

    I hear you on this. I’m sure you have heard, quite often, people say “You’re so lucky” and I suppose we are, in our own way, that we travel so much. But the thought of getting on another plane (and I have no excuses for not liking that experience: I usually fly in Business or First), the jet lag, man, it’s hard to complain to people because you sound spoiled but, yes, it becomes a bit painful. And this leads to the other truth: vacation time, for me at least, means I don’t want to go far, I want to do next to nothing, but that’s not fair to the family and so when you want that down time, you end up travelling some more. Have a safe trip.

    Amsterdam is a great, great city. One of my favorite cities in the world.


    • December 13, 2011

      You are totally right. 

      I hear those statements all the time from people and YES I am lucky and it is great to see all these places, but it does come at a cost.

      I’d never complain about all the traveling I do because I do love where I get to go. It just causes mixed feelings because at the same time it means I’m away from other things I love.

  • December 13, 2011

    Hi CC.  Ever since starting my wonderful new gig i’ve traveling to Boston…a lot.  I have that same feeling at night.  I’m doing what I love, but there is always some inner conflict.  It sounds like we both have the love and support of our family and friends, which makes all the difference.  I like how you are capturing each trip in detail with photography and sharing it with the family.  I’m going to start doing the same.  I think it will really help my young kids see the world with me.  The things my kids have been most excited about were getting handwritten post cards from me.  I know how old school that sounds, but nothing i’ve done has gotten them more excited.  

    Have a great week.

    • December 13, 2011

      I love the postcard idea. For a while I sent some out to random people and yet I don’t think I ever sent one home. Probably because I’m not gone long enough on most trips for them to get home before I do.

      • by Ann Handley
        December 13, 2011

        Another spin for older kids: I’ve started sending postcards to my college kid when I’m in  a new city or sometimes even from a funky place here at home. Got this from our friend David Meerman Scott, and it’s a great way to connect with kids that ISN’T email. (Have an awesome trip, Wubs.)

      • December 13, 2011

        You are the second person to suggest this. Think I need to start doing it.
        Wish you were along for this trip. Never the same doing a book event without you.

  • December 13, 2011

    Completely agree and understand. Another quote I like is from none other than Old Blue Eyes himself: “It’s so nice to go traveling, but it’s oh so nice to come home.”

    Safe travels!

  • December 13, 2011

    I understand that feeling too well.  When I was getting ready for my last trip to speak in Florida my daughter cried saying Daddy can we go with you on your business trip?  I miss you when you go!  

    Ripped my heart apart.

  • December 13, 2011

    Completely understand, C.C.  I’m in a similar situation and definitely have those same mixed feelings.  Safe travels!

  • December 13, 2011

    I know the feeling CC, luckily i’m at the stage where travelling hasn’t got old yet (even in economy)! For now I’m going to take every opportunity I can! 

    P.S. Enjoying spending some time in Boston, the podcast references are starting to make sense now!

    P.P.S. if yesterday was anything to go by you will have a huge tailwind and be there before you know it!

  • by Lindadol
    December 13, 2011

    Have a safe trip CC.  Enjoy and we look forward to the travelog.

  • December 13, 2011

    Enjoy the time there and then enjoy Christmas when you return.  Be safe.

  • December 13, 2011

    The positive side of Business Dying for me the last 18 months has been that I have been able to spend a lot of time with my 11 month daughter. 

    This year I have travelled very lightly compared to every other year since I left college 9 years ago. 

    Traveling can be fun but sacrificing at the same time. Good luck in Rotterdam. 

  • by jaybaer
    December 13, 2011

    People that say we’re lucky because we get to go to all these places don’t realize that we don’t often get to SEE much of where we are. That would require taking an extra day or two to actually look around, which means even more time away from family, and without being paid for it. This year has been a blast, but it’s seriously one big blur of airports, cabs, hotels, and ballrooms. I’m going to make a poster of all the places I’ve been this year (50+) so I can recall it a little bit. Someday. 

    But, as you say, it’s much better than nobody caring what you have to say, so we have what is classically known as “rich people’s problems.”

    • December 13, 2011

      NO kidding.

      Long list of cities I have been but never seen. That is why this trip I wanted to spend at least 1 day in each.

  • December 14, 2011

    I’m the same way too. I miss them like crazy when I’m traveling. Heck, I miss them when I’m at the office too.

    Have a safe trip C.C. Thank god for iPads and such. It’s so much easier to make the time fly by nowadays.

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Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write, because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and head shots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Samsung NX1 and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on InstagramFlickr and 500px.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

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I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

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C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of  audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com


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You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s even more to know about C.C. Chapman, if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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