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.
Tried and tested routes, based on our travels. We’ll give you the framework to inspire; you add the detail and let your imagination fly.
Trekking in Nepal
All you need to know about trekking in Nepal. Our detailed guides include Marks personal accounts of his experience hiking in Nepal.
I’ve had it in the back of my mind that I should write about our impressions of Albania for a while now. Whenever I open our list of countries we have visited or look at photos on our hard drive in order to get some inspiration for the next blog post, Albania is...read more
ITINERARY SUMMARY Dhaka - Barisal - Hularhat - Khulna - Sunderbans - Khulna - Kushtia - Rajshahi - Dhaka - Srimangal - Dhaka NOTHING will prepare you for the first time you head out onto the streets of Dhaka. It is one of the craziest cities on the planet. But, it...read more
One of those backpacker stories that will endure for a long, long time ... I enjoyed compiling my Postcards from the Past: Asia post, a collection of postcards and their contents from my first big trip to Asia back in 1992. I also enjoyed the comments attached to the...read more
ITINERARY SUMMARY (Ukraine) Uzhhorod - Mukacheve - Rakhiv - Yaremche - Ivano-Frankivsk - Kamyanets-Podilsky - Chernivtsi - (Moldova) Chisinau (Transnistria) - Tiraspol (Ukraine) - Odessa - Uman - Vinnytsya - Zhytomyr - Kiev The border town of Uzhhorod is the logical...read more
An admiration for unapologetic monuments and architecture of the Soviet and communist-era If I could go back in time with the express purpose of just purely travelling, I would choose two periods. The first would be the early to mid-seventies. Flares and dodgy...read more
ITINERARY SUMMARY (Lithuania) Vilnius - Kaunas - Siauliai (Latvia) - Riga - Sigulda (Estonia) - Tartu - Tallinn Position yourself somewhere between the railway/bus station and the Old Town in Vilnius as there are a surprising number of day trips out of the city...read more
Catch (what’s left of it) while you can… When it comes to street art, Camden Town is always a good idea. Many streets in this North London borough are packed with colourful murals, many by well-known or upcoming British and international artists. And...read more
ITINERARY SUMMARY (Bulgaria) Sofia - Shipka - Stara Zagora - Sozopol - Burgas - Varna - Shumen - Veliko Tarnovo - Ruse- (Romania) Bucharest We spent quite a bit of time tracking down communist-era architecture and monuments as well as street art in Sofia but if that...read more
Tracking down Spomeniks, following the course of the Danube and battling with the elements in one of the Balkans' least visited countries Raska District, en route between Sopoćani and Zlatibor When we hired a car earlier this year and drove around Serbia, we packed a...read more