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.
Three Generations Monument: A worthwhile half-day excursion from the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv Where is Perushtitsa? The small town of Perushtitsa, approximately 23km south-west of Plovdiv in south-central Bulgaria, is well known in Bulgarian history for its...read more
Edirne in Turkey and Plovdiv in Bulgaria: Two excellent places to stop en route between Istanbul and Sofia Beyoglu, Istanbul If you are travelling between Turkey’s greatest city and the Bulgarian capital and don’t fancy either an 18-hour bus journey or the sometimes...read more
And Malta's alternative Azure Window! Timing is everything they say. The day before we left the main island of Malta to spend a week on its little sister, Gozo, we heard the news that the Azure Window had fallen into a watery grave. The Azure Window, Tieqa tad-Dwejra...read more
Since returning from our 2016 trip around Central Asia, a few people have asked us for accommodation recommendations, and so here is a round-up of the hostels, homestays and guesthouses we stayed in during our travels through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, together with our recommendations.read more
Our guide for independent travellers to Lake Issyk-Kul Surrounded by dramatic mountains, including the UNESCO-listed Tian Shan Mountain Range, Lake Issyk-Kul is located in eastern Kyrgyzstan, close to the border with Kazakhstan. Being easily accessible from the...read more
The medieval town in Central Ukraine that’s missing only one thing - tourists… I don’t believe in sticking up a load of photos, accompanied by the minimum of text and telling the reader that they must go to such and such a place simply because it’s awesome and I’m...read more
The term ghat in India refers to the series of steps that lead down from the riverbank to the water’s edge. It’s a common word, often used to describe any access point to water but in its correct context it refers to the steps that lead down to a holy body of water....read more
Exploring Phnom Penh's Art District Street Art in Phnom Penh has been undergoing a bit of a quiet revolution this past couple of years. Whilst in many cities around the world, local authority-sanctioned street art is burgeoning, adding colourful splashes to otherwise...read more
Uman, Vinnytsia (Vinnytsya) and Zhytomyr - three cities worth considering if you have time and want to see more of central Ukraine It’s easy to travel directly between Ukraine’s capital and the Black Sea city of Odessa. In a private car, the 474km distance can be...read more
Boquete in western Panama is a small, quiet town, known for its temperate climate, picturesque setting and friendly locals and not too far from the border with Costa Rica. But for how long? The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) have named Boquete as one...read more
Visiting the Mid-Dnipro Museum of Folk Architecture & Life in Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, Ukraine - a great day excursion from the Ukrainian capital of Kiev A good friend of ours, Hugh, who lives in London, came out to see us while we were Kiev. He’s done this a few...read more
Our guide to planning a day trip on public transport to one of Moldova's most picturesque sights What is Orheiul Vechi? Orheiul Vechi is an Eastern Orthodox monastery complex carved into a massive limestone cliff that overlooks the meandering Raut River. It is one of...read more