Join us on the road less travelled as we discover quirky and unusual things to do and see, and explore off-beat destinations.
Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 12+ years, home is wherever we lay our backpacks! We’ve each travelled to over 100 countries and our travel blog documents our travels in words and photographs. These days, we enjoy following the road less travelled and exploring lesser-visited places with an emphasis on quirky sights, architecture and monuments, abandoned places, and street art.
Through our travel blog, we aim to share our experiences and inspire you to travel to off-the-beaten-path destinations and seek out unconventional things to see and do in better-known places.
Travelling has always been our passion – for work and for fun – 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, many places beyond) began in 2008. You can find out more about us here.
Abandoned places, Brutalist architecture, post-Soviet travels, war memorials and monuments, travel planning and suggested itineraries are among are most popular topics. Explore them, and more, below.
Post Soviet States
Break the Journey
Trekking in Nepal
Back in the Day
A photo post featuring the best cities, coastal towns, cathedrals, churches, abbeys, priories and street art from our 2021 UK road trip.
Plus, our tips on how to travel around the UK on a budget After flying back to London from Bangkok in March 2020, it took us about a year to realise that overseas travel to the places we are interested in visiting - the former Soviet Union, Indian subcontinent,...
An Istanbul to Batumi itinerary with suggestions of where to visit in the Black Sea region of Turkey when travelling to Georgia.
A Central Turkey itinerary for independent travellers and backpackers that goes from Antalya to Ankara via Konya and Cappadocia.
A 3 week coastal Turkey itinerary travelling along the Turquoise Coast from Istanbul to Antalya for backpackers and independent travellers.
If you enjoy alternative sights and architecture, visit the Expo Centre in Kiev, correctly called the National Complex Expocenter of Ukraine (VDNG),