Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 8 years, home is wherever we lay our backpacks!
We’ve travelled to over 100 countries between us and this website documents our travels in words and photographs. Travelling has always been our passion – for work and for pleasure and now it is our lifestyle.
We’ve been travelling together for more than 20 years, but this particular journey – one that has taken us to Kathmandu and many places beyond- began in 2008. You can read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter below, follow us in real time via social media and search our site for destinations or topics.
ITINERARY SUMMARY Delhi - Matura - Agra - Gwalior - Orchha - Lucknow - Varanasi - Bodh Gaya - Kolkata This itinerary is a great introduction to Northern India. Start with a few days exploring Delhi before taking the train to Agra. We would include an overnight or at...read more
Kielce - a small Polish town, perfectly placed to overnight and break up the journey between two of Poland’s greatest cities So I have to admit, we broke the journey between Krakow and Warsaw because we wanted to see a bus station. Yep, we are strange like that...read more
Travelling through Morocco was always going to go one of two ways. Back in February, when we announced to family and friends that our next destination would be Morocco, it raised more than one or two eyebrows. You see, on more than one occasion, they had heard Mark...read more
The country in Europe we want to revisit more than any other… As Kirsty mentioned in her end of year wrap up for 2016, Romania was the one country in which we could have easily spent much longer. There were two factors that stopped us doing so. The first was the...read more
Or, why is almost every square inch of this small hillside town in Morocco doused in blue paint? Another place on my Moroccan #bucketlist (yep, there's that word we don't use again!) was the Blue City of Chefchaouen. I'll be honest here: until recently when I saw...read more
A photographic look back at our travels through Tibet Our three-week journey through Tibet began with a VERY long train ride from Beijing to Lhasa from where we journeyed along the Friendship Highway to Gyantse and Shigatse, visiting places of interest along the way....read more
Plus tips on avoiding the crowds, the best time to take photographs and a rant about the entrance fee Avoiding the crowds at the Acropolis is not rocket science: you just need to arrive soon after it opens at 8 am when most independent travellers haven't yet jumped...read more
One thing that made Tangier's medina stand out from all the other labyrinthine old towns in Morocco was its highly colourful street art. Whilst we'd seen a few murals here and there in other towns, nowhere else (with the possible exception of Asilah) did we see such a...read more
Five great places in Central and Northern Thailand that are ideal stopovers en route from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Travelling directly between the capital and Thailand’s fourth-largest city is easy. Buses depart throughout the day and night from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus...read more
Where to break the journey between Prizren and Pristina How many regions make up the former Yugoslavia? It’s a good pub quiz question, don’t you think, but I’m never quite sure of the correct answer. Depending on how the question is worded (notice I used the word...read more
Visiting the leather tanneries was one of my main reasons for wanting to go to Fez in Morocco. But, I'd gone right off the idea by the time I'd read other travellers' experiences on websites such as TripAdvisor. Chouara (Chaouwara) Leather Tanneries in Fez Medina I...read more
Once again, it’s been a while since our last update. This one is a long one (that’s what happens when Mark suggests he writes a few words) and so we’ve decided to put it up as a post in addition to sending out a condensed version by email. It feels like we've spent...read more