So you’ve seen the Big Five, reached Base Camp at Everest, dived with whale sharks and drunk opium tea in India. You’ve adventured, all right. But what would really impress your friends at a dinner party? What activities are truly once-in-a-lifetime?

The 3 Nominees for Unforgettable Activity

Lion Sands River Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

For something utterly extraordinary, spend a night in one of 3 beautiful treehouses in the wild – the most romantic thing you’ll ever do. You’re driven out from the lodge after dinner and left to commune with the extraordinary African night from your viewing platform or double bed. Dressing gowns and slippers are provided, even a bush vanity table!

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Estancia Huechahue, Patagonian Lake District, Argentina

This is the real deal: a 15,000-acre cattle estancia (ranch) where you can live life on the land, an utterly authentic experience. Muster cattle with gauchos and gallop through virgin landscapes to visit Mapuche communities, then return home to eat succulent home-reared beef roasted over an open fire.

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Vila Monte Farm House, Algarve, Portugal

You might expect an outing to a private sandbank in the Maldives, but this stunning setting is Portugal. The Ria Formosa National Park is full of such beautiful island beaches, many of them deserted. Be whisked to one by speedboat and left with a gourmet picnic to spend the day in glorious romantic isolation. Unforgettable.

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