Welcome to Kathmandu & Beyond. We are full-time travellers, Mark and Kirsty Bennetts. We’re from the UK, but, for the past 10 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.

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

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 read more about us here, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us in real time via social media.

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Street Art

Street Art, graffiti and murals from around the world as spotted on our travels. Urban art is on the rise and we’re on a mission to see it all.

Abandoned Places

Post featuring abandoned places, derelict buildings and decaying structures. Urban exploration (URBEX) on our travels.


Finding interesting architecture, quirky buildings, war memorials, and monuments on our travels. AKA an obsession with concrete.

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.

Break the Journey

Following the mantra of ‘Stop the bus!’ take a chance of lesser-visited places most tourists only see from outside of the bus window.

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.

More Popular Themes

Photo Essays

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

You’ll also find Travel Shots here, our equivalent of ‘photo of the day’.

Back in the Day

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

Indulge in a bit of nostalgia with Mark and enjoy his stories of what it was like travelling ‘way back when’ …

Ex-Communist-era Places

To date, we’ve visited 13 of the 15 post-Soviet states and you’ll find all our posts featuring Armenia, Belarus Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, and Ukraine here.

Many posts demonstrate an unapologetic admiration for monuments and architecture of the Soviet and communist-era in the former U.S.S.R.

The Balkans

Posts featuring countries in the European region commonly referred to as the Balkans.

These are Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, mainland Greece, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.

City Guides

Focussing on lesser-visited part of Europe, our mini-guides cover where to go and what to do on a short break.

Our tips on how to spend a few days in some our favourite European cities.

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