Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK but now live 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.
This particular journey, one that has taken us to Kathmandu and beyond, began 8 years ago and shows no sign of ending. 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.
aka architecture built during the period when the communists were in charge of Bulgaria I got completely lambasted by the guy in the Tourist Information Centre in Sofia. Within the very early stages of our (eventually) long conversation, he was telling me that Sofia...read more
We were following a barely discernible track traversing the grazing pastures which are home to nomadic Kyrgyz families and known locally as the jailoo, the rain beating down on our 4WD and the mist lying heavy on the endless horizon. Our destination was Peak Lenin...read more
Whilst exploring Sofia recently, with our usual eye out for street art, we noticed a couple of those electricity boxes; the kind you don't usually notice. I don’t know what the correct name for them is - Electricity transformer boxes or kiosks? Circuit boxes? Junction...read more
They say everybody has a double somewhere out there… I got within a cat’s whisker of creeping up and surprising a guy at Chengdu airport many years ago because I thought he was my father and I actually met my double in Cambodia earlier this year - he even (almost) had...read more
Chisinau, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova, will not win any prizes for architectural attractiveness, but this is hardly surprising, given the city’s recent history. A huge earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, devastated the city in...read more
Although Kirsty and I spend the majority of our time overseas, I'm still a patriotic person. I was born in England. It's the place I've spent the majority of my life and it's where most of my family and friends still reside. I support the national football team...read more
Central Asia FAQs for Backpackers and Independent Travellers to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan Recently a friend (and loyal reader of our website) asked us some questions about our recent travels to Central Asia (during the summer of 2016). They were good...read more
Portraits from our travels around India - Part I: Allahabad We’ve never been that great at taking portrait photos of people. I’m not talking about the technical skill of actually taking the photo, more the going up to someone and asking them if we can take their...read more
A photographic journal of our journey from Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Murgab in Tajikistan This summer we took a road trip that will go down as one of the most visually enthralling adventures we have experienced: traversing a stretch of the renowned Pamir Highway before...read more