Exploring unusual places & alternative travel destinations

Join us on the road less travelled as we discover quirky and unusual things to do and see, and explore off-beat destinations.

Mark and Kirsty Bennetts

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.

Street Art

Abandoned Places


Post Soviet States

The Caucasus

The Balkans

Suggested Itineraries

Break the Journey

Trekking in Nepal

Photo Essays

City Guides

Back in the Day

What we got up to in 2021 (and our plans for 2022)

What we got up to in 2021 (and our plans for 2022)

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,...