imageWe can all feel it coming on – the fresh start, new beginning adrenaline that propels us into a new year. Promise yourself that your first trip of 2011 will be a “me” trip, even if for just a couple of days.

It is said that you can reinforce any frame of mind and emotional expectation if you associate it with something physical. Give yourself a reaffirming, rejuvenating start to the New Year.

All of these adventures bring work skills into play, so you can even consider it a business trip and write it off, whether sharpening your verbal skills (“Helllppp meeeeee!”) or honing your sales pitch (“Please dear Lord; don’t make me jump”). Here are some ideas to get your imagination firing.

Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn., is the Southern Mecca for Para Gliding and Hang Gliding (top photo). Glider flying over the rolling countryside will give you a new found confidence to go after those hard to reel in “No Thank You” rooted clients.

imageZero Gravity Weightless Flight (second photo) in Orlando, Fla., takes gliding a step further into adrenaline-pumping experiences. Might as well have the experience sooner than later, because Virgin Atlantic is preparing to launch their outer space flight tours where weightlessness will take over. And what says “do business with me” like a good first hand story about space flight.

Banning Mills Screaming Eagle 1/2 mile Zip Line tour is one of Georgia’s best kept secrets. An hour west of Atlanta, Banning Mills has a long history as a cotton mill, artist colony, funky retreat and now full service spa and B&B. Their zip lines are known for business retreat team building. Come alone or with a group and fly through the woods on an unforgettable adventure.

Urban Ops – Hostage Rescue Adventure. Close-quarter battle techniques course includes three nights lodging, meals and training. Fly into Pittsburgh, and you will be driven to secret location in West Virginia. Develop your empathy skills.

imageShark Cage Diving (third photo) will get you up close and personal with the kind of sharks that will eat you for dinner, not just at the board room table.

Boston in the summer is perfect. Especially for a Maritime Sea Ops adventure. Learn how to drive high speed rescue and police boats of all sizes. Chase drug runners and escape pirates. Speed rules in closing a deal.

The ultimate business trip builds quick thinking on your feet, in any situation. Consider a trip to—well you will just have to wait and see. Mystery Trip tour operators tell you what kind of clothes to pack and when to be at the airport. Then you are off. Practice trust, faith and patience—all good practices for the New Year.

imageJo Giraudo, owner of Insider Traveler, is a Certified Cruise Consultant working in metro Atlanta. For the latest travel trends and hot insider tips, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).