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.
Finding interesting architecture, quirky buildings, war memorials, and monuments on our travels. AKA an obsession with concrete.
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.
Every now and then I look through some of our old photos and consider if I can do anything with them in order to make them presentable and worthy of a post on our blog. I have visited Libya twice, both times were during the reign/dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi and...read more
A self-guided walking tour of murals and street art in Kiev, an open-air art gallery. Street art in Kiev is big and bold and in your face. Of all the cities in which we’ve seen street art, I don’t think many any compare with Kiev in terms of the scale and volume of...read more
And where to get the cheapest alcohol in George Town... George Town, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang, is one of the coolest cities in Southeast Asia. At its heart, around Little India and Chinatown and along the waterfront, this UNESCO World Heritage...read more
Exploring off the beaten track Kiev: A trip to the Aeroplane Museum Even if you’re not into aircraft and all other things aeronautical, the State Aviation Museum is a brilliant place to spend a couple of hours if you are in the Ukrainian capital and looking for...read more
ITINERARY SUMMARY Athens - Delphi - Meteora (Kalambaka) - Thessaloniki We spent a week in Athens and didn’t get bored but three clear days is probably enough to see all of the major sights. Bus is the only form of public transport that heads to ancient Delphi, but...read more
Off the Beaten Track Kiev Historically, I can’t provide you with too many facts about the Expo Centre in Kiev. I know its correct name is the National Complex Expocenter of Ukraine (VDNG), that it was constructed between 1952 and 1958, and was originally known as the...read more
On our first visit to Podgorica, a couple of years ago, the city’s unmissable ‘Transformer’ sculptures* were the best I could come up with in the way of street art. However, on our recent stay in the Montenegrin capital, I delved a bit deeper and found a fair bit of...read more
Interesting places to stop on the most scenic rail trip in the Balkans As its name would suggest, the Belgrade to Bar railway links the Serbian capital with Montenegro’s largest port city. Covering a distance of 476km, the train crosses three countries (*) and passes...read more
A photographic journey through Ukraine's ‘21st-century city’. What is Slavutych? Slavutych is a purpose-built city in the north of Ukraine, that was created to house civilians evacuated from the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. It is situated 200km directly north of Kiev,...read more