One thing that I sincerely think all human beings have is our inherent thirst for adventure. We could attempt and satisfy this yearning with fantastic movies, awesome video games, or top-tier tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons (as a Dungeon Master of several years, I’m guilty of this). However, at the end of the day, there’s no true alternative for getting out into the field with your own two feet and starting your very own journey traveling into the abandoned and unknown corners of the Earth.
There’s an excellent group on Reddit that chronicles stunning abandoned artifacts and places. With roughly 1.2 million members, they share high-quality photographs that excite all of our inner wanderlust. While we’d love to include their name, our Social Media Overlords don’t take kindly to one of the terms in the subreddit’s title, so a link directly to their community will have to do! Go forth and have a peek once you’re done with this list, they truly are worth your attention.
Remember to upvote your favorite images as you scroll on down, dear Pandas! And be sure to let everyone know if you, just like me, have that burning urge to go on a real-life trip after looking at these lovely photographs.
#1 Found This Beautiful Tree Growing Inside an Abandoned Silo While I Was Exploring
#2 I Lit Up This Spooky Abandoned House with My Drone and A Lume Cube Attached to It
#3 Railroad Tracks in the Forest
Taking amazing images of abandoned areas entails investigating abandoned places. That might sound apparent, but it sure isn’t simple.
Urban exploration (aka Urbex or UE) is an intriguing but tough activity to start into. While we would want to slap on a pair of soiled old sneakers and dash out to a dungeon or some Elvish ruins, we really do have to consider our safety first and foremost. Precautions come first and foremost.
#4 Abandoned Castle in Ireland Country
#5 Sintra, Portugal
#6 Abandoned French Chapel
Wearing gloves, obtaining a pair of thick shoes, and bringing a dust mask are all a requirement. You should also invest in a torch, put on heavy clothing, and consider wearing a helmet. Whether elegantly medieval or something more modern, something that covers your head is essential. And for those ghost-believing aficionados of the ‘Supernatural’ TV program, pack a pocketful of salt. Just in case you meet some spooks.
Becoming an urban explorer requires doing a little study, participating with local Urbex groups a tad, and maybe even acquiring some basic gear to get you started before you begin digging for doubloons and seeking mystical relics beneath the debris.
#7 The land of fairy tales is Norway
#8 Madame Sherri Forest, Chesterfield, New Hampshire: Forgotten Stairway in the Woods
#9 I came into an old, deserted diner while taking some side roads
Urban exploration requires planning ahead to avoid getting harmed, stuck, or even murdered, in contrast to many activities that encourage you to “just do it.”
One UK-based Urbex community, 28 Days Later (yep, like the 2002 zombie film), advises researching the location you’re going to, then traveling there and snapping some images to get your feet wet (metaphorically and maybe even literally). According to them, Urbex is all about integrating into a community.
#10 A party mansion that has been abandoned in the Maryland forest
#11 A Japanese WWII warplane off the coast of Guam is wrecked
#12 Portugal’s abandoned Gothic church
Participating in the urban exploration community entails interacting with others, attending open Urbex meetings, and even forming teams with online strangers you come to trust. With the global pandemic and lockdowns, all of this has undoubtedly become more challenging. You must now take your health and the health of your loved ones into account before meeting up with anyone outside of your social circle
#13 Abandoned “Land of Oz” Theme Park in North Carolina’s eerie Yellow Brick Road
#14 This European hotel
#15 Off the coast of Magnetic Island, the SS City of Adelaide capsized
On the other hand, having a companion by your side is essential while exploring abandoned, decrepit locations. You could certainly attempt it alone, but there is safety in numbers since you may aid one another or call for assistance if someone is harmed, falls, or if the ceiling collapses.
#16 An abandoned 19th-century mansion’s library
#17 Burj Al Babas, Turkey’s $200 Million Ghost Town of Castles
#18 Light Rays Filtering Into A Deserted Theater
#19 Presidents’ heads left in a field in a rural part of Virginia
#20 Italian Abandoned Asylum With Bob Ross Influence
#21 Duesenberg left behind
Therefore, you should take having someone you trust “watch your 6” extremely seriously (while also staying safe because Covid-19 won’t be going away anytime soon). Adventures aren’t just about taking amazing pictures and unearthing strange treasure; it’s also about the companions we make along the way.
#22 A 16-mile hike leads to a bridge over an abandoned train track in California
#23 Nature ruled the day
#24 Unoccupied 50’s Restaurant
You should also keep in mind that even though a place has been abandoned, it is still someone’s property. You could be intruding. We most certainly aren’t advising you to break the law and trespass. Remember to be respectful and treat any buildings you visit as you would your own home: you’re just a visitor here for some snaps and companionship if you decide that the lure of adventure is too powerful to deny.
#25 1930s Era Abandoned Orient Express Train
#26 This Cave is Full Of Old Cars
#27 Abandoned Funeral Home
#28 Ms World Discoverer Was A German Expedition Cruise Ship. It Hit A Uncharted Reef In The Sandfly Passage, Solomon Islands 29. April 2000
#29 House Abandoned And Retaken By The Desert In California
#30 Popcorn Left In A Theater