I think all human beings have in common is a deep-seated need for exploration and discovery. We could attempt to meet this calling by watching fantastic movies, playing great video games, or playing top-tier board games like Dungeons & Dragons when it comes right down to it. There is no alternative for getting out into the field with your own two feet and embarking on your very own expedition into the most abandoned and unknown corners of the Earth.
On Reddit, there is a fantastic community dedicated to documenting beautiful abandoned artefacts and locations. They have approximately 1.5 million users, and they share high-quality photographs that arouse our inner wanderlust in all of us. Because one of the terms in the subreddit’s title doesn’t sit well with our Social Media Overlords, we’ll have to make do with a direct link to their community.
#1 While exploring, I came upon this beautiful tree that was growing within an abandoned silo
#2 I used my drone, which has a Lume Cube attached, to illuminate this eerie abandoned house
#3 In the forest, there are railroad tracks
Exploring abandoned sites while taking gorgeous images of them is an integral part of the process. That may seem apparent, but it is not without its difficulties.
Urban exploration (also known as Urbex or UE) is one such hobby. It is an interesting, yet challenging, pastime to get into. While we’d all want to throw on a pair of worn-out shoes and dash out to a dungeon or some Elvish ruins, we have to put our safety first and foremost when we do anything like that. The first and most crucial step is to take precautions.
#4 Ireland has an abandoned castle in the country
#5 Sintra is a city in Portugal
#6 French Chapel that has been abandoned
Just in case you come into any spooks, you should be prepared. Gloves, thick shoes, and a dust mask are all essential while working in a dusty environment. You should also invest in a torch, wear wide gear, and consider donning a helmet to protect yourself. No matter whether it’s a fashionable medieval look or something more contemporary, something that covers your head is required. And, for those of you who believe in ghosts and are fans of the television program “Supernatural,” bring a pinch of salt with you.
It takes some study, some interaction with local Urbex groups, and maybe even some essential equipment to get you started. Before you can begin digging for doubloons and searching for magical items under the ruins to make a living as an urban explorer.
#7 Norway is known as “The Land of Fairy Tales”
#8 Madame Sherri Forest, Chesterfield, New Hampshire, has an abandoned stairway in the woods
#9 While driving along some back roads, I came upon an old abandoned diner
To avoid being wounded or, God forbid, becoming stranded or even being murdered, urban exploring mandates that you plan ahead of time. This is in contrast to many other activities that encourage you to “just do it.”
One Urbex community in the United Kingdom, known as 28 Days Later (yep, after the 2002 zombie film of the same name). Recommends completing a study about the site you’re going to visit before walking in and snapping some photographs and getting your feet wet in the process (metaphorically and maybe even literally). According to them, Urbex is all about being a part of a community.
#10 In the heart of the Maryland forest, there is an abandoned party mansion
#11 A Japanese WWII fighter jet has crashed in shallow water off the coast of Guam
#12 In Portugal, there is an abandoned Gothic church
Being a member of the urban exploration community entails interacting with people, attending public Urbex meetings, and even forming alliances with strangers from the internet whom you get to know and trust over time. All of this has become much more difficult. In addition to being more difficult now because of the worldwide epidemic and lockdowns. You must consider your health and the health of your loved ones before meeting up with anybody outside your social bubble.
#13 North Carolina’s abandoned “Land of Oz” theme park has an eerie yellow brick road that leads nowhere
#14 This Hotel Is Located In Europe
#15 The SS City of Adelaide was wrecked off the coast of Magnetic Island, and the crew was rescued
On the other hand, having someone by your side when wandering through abandoned and destroyed areas. You could indeed do it all by yourself. Still, there’s safety in numbers: if someone gets wounded, falls, or if the roof crashes in, you can pull each other out or call for aid immediately.
#16 A Library Contained Within An Abandoned 19th-Century Estate
#17 Burj Al Babas, Turkey’s $200 million ghost town of castles, is a tourist attraction worth seeing
#18 Making their way inside an abandoned theatre, light rays may be seen
#19 Presidents’ Heads Found in a Field in a Rural Virginia Community
#20 Bob Ross has painted an abandoned asylum in Italy that has been let to decay
#21 Duesenberg that has been abandoned
#22 Hiking to an abandoned train track bridge in California is a 16-mile round trip
#23 Nature had taken over
#24 Restaurant from the 1950s that has been abandoned
You may be trespassing. We’re not encouraging you to trespass or breach the law in any way. On the other hand, if you feel that the call of adventure is too big to refuse. Remember to be respectful and treat any buildings you visit as if they were your own home. It would be best if you also remembered that no matter how long an abandoned structure has been standing, it is still someone’s home or business. You’re simply a guest here for a few shots and some companionship, not a resident.
#25 Orient Express Train from the 1930s Has Been Abandoned
#26 This Cave Is Filled With Antique Automobiles
#27 Funeral Home that has been abandoned
#28 Ms World Discoverer was a German expedition cruise ship that sailed around the world. It collided with an unknown reef in the Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands, on April 29, 2000
#29 In California, a house has been abandoned and taken over by the desert
#30 In a movie theatre, there was some popcorn leftover
So, dear Readers, which photographs stood out as your favorites? Have you ever gone on a search for treasure in an abandoned building? Do you have any further safety advice that you’d want to share with the rest of us? Interested in sharing your thrilling stories of adventures and explorations of abandoned areas, whether in real life or tabletop games? Make a remark or two in the section below to join in the discussion.