Kathmandu & Beyond

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.

Travel Planning

Suggested Itineraries

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.

Street Art in Pristina… and the Newborn Monument

Seeking out street art in Pristina plus a look at the changing face of the Newborn Monument – a guide for independent travellers to Kosovo in the Balkans. If you look hard enough you will find street art in Pristina, just in a more unconventional form.

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The Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship in Varna

What is the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship Situated in the port city of Varna, the Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship (hence forth referred to as ‘the Monument’) is one of Bulgaria’s most imposing Socialist-era relics. In fact, I’d go...

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Where to break the journey between Skopje and Lake Ohrid

Interested in seeing some smaller, less-visited cities and towns en route between Macedonian’s outlandish capital and its jewel in the crown, serene Lake Ohrid? Although you can get between the two places in a little over three hours by public bus, we spent about a...

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Street Art in Kep | Cambodia

More often than not, when buildings are abandoned it’s inevitable that street art and graffiti will soon follow.   Considering the size of the town, Kep has a surprising amount of both street art and abandoned buildings. Our primary reason for seeking out Kep’s...

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New Kids on the (Urbex) Block …

Junior urbexing for oldies in Peja, Kosovo’s third largest city We like the idea of exploring abandoned buildings but in all honesty, we aren't very good at it. The sound of breaking glass underfoot, the overwhelming stench of piss and crap and the potential risk of...

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Alternative Lviv, Ukraine

Off the beaten track Lviv - what there is to see and do … Without question, the Old Town of Lviv, Ukraine’s premier tourist attraction, is one of the prettiest in Eastern Europe but if you’re looking for ornate churches, interesting museums and attractive market...

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Suggested Morocco itinerary: Essaouira to Tangier overland

ITINERARY SUMMARY  Essaouira – Marrakesh – Casablanca – Rabat – Meknes – Moulay Idriss – Fez – Chefchaouen – Tetouan – Asilah – Tangier Situated on the Atlantic Coast, Essaouira is a good place to get your Morocco bearings - it’s small and relatively hassle-free. We...

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The Divided City of Mitrovica in Kosovo

History and politics in Kosovo are complicated and it doesn’t get much more complicated than Mitrovica, a small city in the north of the country. Read about our visit to the divided city of Serbian North Mitrovica and Kosovan Mitrovica.

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The Air Force Command Building in Belgrade, Serbia

The 1999 NATO bombing of the Serbian capital is well documented. It’s hard to miss the bombed-out shell of the former Yugoslav Ministry of Defence building on Nemanjina Street in the heart of the city and if you head around the back of St. Mark’s Church in Tasmajdan...

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Popular Features

Street Art

Street Art from around the world as spotted on our travels. Yes, it’s bit of an obsession for Kirsty!

Off the Beaten Path

Sometimes you just need to say “Stop the bus!” Join us on the road less travelled.

Back in the Day

Mark, in particular, does like to reminisce with travel stories from the “good old days”.

Europe Guides

Highlights from our European travels. What to see and do if you have a few days in …

Photo Essays

You may have noticed that we like taking pictures. These posts feature a lot of images!


  We like unusual festivals. You can read about some of our favourite world celebrations here.

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