20 travel destinations the experts say not to miss

(CNN)From pilots to travel photographers, train aficionados to tour guides, these world-wandering experts have seen the world.

Here they share are their favorite destinations, and why they think they shouldn’t be missed.

Find the isolated islands of Wayag, Indonesia

    Out of all the beauty that Indonesia has to offer, Wayag is perhaps the most stunning spot, says Michael Travers, head of marketing and communications at SeaTrek Sailing Adventures.
    “Wayag has hundreds of thickly forested limestone karsts and islands, resulting in sheltered bays with white sand beaches and coral reefs,” he says.
    There aren’t any villages, let alone tourist accommodation, and guests can only really arrive by boat, adds Travers.
    “I’d definitely recommend climbing to the lookout point on the western side of the main Wayag Bay. It’s not for the faint of heart (picture a 30-minute ascent through forest and over jagged limestone), but there are the most staggering views of paradise at the end.”

    Visit Egypt without the crowds

    “I’d highly recommend going to Egypt now,” says Geoffrey Kent, founder of Abercrombie & Kent.
    “I traveled there at the end of 2015 and it is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see these sites with few crowds. For instance, at Abu Simbel, I was in Ramses temple and had it all to myself for a few minutes.
    “As I was climbing up the narrow staircase into the center of Cheops Pyramid, there were only a few people that I had to sidestep. It’s a very different experience doing that when the crowds (and heat) are at full force,” says Kent.

    Bathe in Tbilisi’s Abanotubani District

    Move over, Istanbul. There’s a new European city brimming with East-meets-West culture and natural sulfurous waters that give Cagaloglu Baths a run for its money, according to freelance photojournalist Sarah Freeman.
    “I suggest visiting the Georgian capital’s bath quarter: Tbilisi’s Abanotubani,” she says.
    Situated on the south side of Metekhi Bridge, its low cupolas house baths where water bubbles from the earth at about 90 F (32 C).
    “When I went, I sipped on Turkish tea and indulged in a massage by one of the mekise (masseur).”

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    For an extraordinary experience, it’s hard to beat visiting the ninth-century Buddhist monument of Borobudur, says Sophie Marchant, travel editor of LuxuryExplorer.com. Overlooking the Kedu Plain in central Java, “this spot fills me with awe,” says Marchant.
    “I stayed at Aman’s Amanjiwo, which I definitely recommend. I woke up at 4 a.m. and climbed the summit for unbelievable views of Kedu as the sun came up over Mount Merapi, a whispering volcano.
    “I’d suggest bringing a picnic to eat at the nearby waterfall. My guide (from the hotel) took me there.”

    Trek through the mountains of India

    Maxine Headley, Smith24 travel expert, says she really wants to dispel myths surrounding India: that it’s difficult to travel around and that visitors are likely to get sick.
    “I don’t know where all the negativity comes from,” says Headley.
    For a different take on the country, Headley recommends experiencing a Shakti stay up in the Himalayas where there are fewer hotels, and more nomadic journeys into the Indian mountains where days are spent adventuring and nights are in a series of base camps under the stars.
    “I loved trekking trough through beautiful orchards, treading canyons and stopping to take in and admire the Buddhist temples with giant gold statues dotted around the landscape.”

    Sleep under the stars in Kenya

    Nicky Brandon, director of sales and marketing and Africa travel expert for Ker & Downey, advises heading to Kenya’s Northern Frontier for a truly off-the-beaten-track journey.
    She recommends a stay at Sasaab. In addition to game drives, travelers can go quad biking, ride camels and do safari walks.
    “I believe the village visit here is the most authentic and genuine experience. Go way out and sleep under the stars at a private fly camp.
    “Also keep an eye out for the Samburu Special Five: reticulated giraffe, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk, Somali ostrich and beisa oryx,” says Brandon. These animals are unique to this region in Kenya.

    Go for a peaceful walk in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

    People don’t really think of walking in Hong Kong, but the city’s great for it, says Charlie Stewart-Cox, Cathay Pacific general manager for South Asia, Middle East and Africa.
    There are fantastic hiking tracks and mountain paths — both inside and out of the city, says Stewart-Cox.
    “I particularly enjoy a soothing walk on Lugard Road, Victoria Peak. Sections of the path are on the cliffside, meaning it offers the best views of the Hong Kong skyline,” he says.
    The entrance for Lugard Road is adjacent to the Peak Tower.

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