Urbex Tips

How to find urbex locations?

How to find urbex locations? 1920 1275 @Urbexlove

Google :

More than 80% of urban exploration consists for us in simply locating and finding places. Like many other explorers, we use Google, Google maps, Google earth and even other websites with interesting information. We also find a lot of places by walking around or talking to locals. You have to be a kind of detective. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, here are some tips :
Google is a good way to enter the world of Urbex and start exploring. It’s the number 1 search engine for ordinary people who want to find lots of frequently visited places. You may find pictures that look amazing, but be careful! Always look for a date when the photo was taken and uploaded. Many places might look completely different today, and some might even be torn down.

Instagram :

People post “abandoned photos” every hour, and these can be interesting, but don’t worry. On most photos, about 1 in 1000 mentions the exact location. But if you pay attention to the details, a whole new world will open up for you.
For example, let’s say you see a house, or there’s a description of a village in France that says “View from the hill”. Search for the village on Google maps and look for a viewpoint where there are hills. If you don’t find it, go further and look for details on the photo such as other buildings, rivers, tree shapes, signs, roads, estimated distance from the ocean or other landmarks, etc. Don’t forget to read the comments, they can be full of clues and tips. Once you learn how to do this the right way, you will be able to map many places.

Facebook :

The urbex facebook groups are full of messages about abandoned places, especially because people post and share Urbex photos, links, videos. Another way to find places here is to click on the magnifying glass where you are looking for a person etc, and simply type in what you are looking for. You will then get many results in different pages, groups, people, etc. If you make an effort and read all the comments, especially the older ones, you will find interesting things.

Youtube :

Search for an abandoned place randomly or specifically, you know better than anyone what you are looking for. Scroll through the comments, they can reveal the location of a place. Another way is to activate the source code of the website and search for keywords.

Create a network :

Online or physically, the choice is yours. None of us will walk around with a sign that says “I am an urbexer”, so be careful. You may sometimes recognize an explorer on Facebook through his or her photos or on the street, or meet some of us in the same place in an abandoned place you are exploring. This gives you a good opportunity to say hello and exchange numbers.

Explore in your city :

All over the world, in every city, there are abandoned places. In many countries, entire cities are even abandoned, but you don’t have to go there to explore them. A good starting point is to spend 15 minutes looking for abandoned and forgotten places in the area where you live. It might be more interesting than you think. Another good thing is that you probably know where you are and you won’t get lost.

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How do you know if the place is really abandoned?

How do you know if the place is really abandoned? 1920 1275 @Urbexlove

– The People

– Cars parked nearby

– Tall grasses and trees not maintained

– Broken windows

– Broken doors

– Graffiti

– Work lamps

– Cameras

– Neighbors

Where and how to enter a place + common sense advice

Where and how to enter a place + common sense advice 1920 1279 @Urbexlove

Which way to enter?

There is always a way in, you just have to find it. The best way to get in is to be discreet, without anyone seeing you. If that doesn’t work, pretend you belong. If there is a fence around the area or object, walk around and look for openings.

How do I get in?

Do not break anything to enter, it is absolutely forbidden and the urbex itself can be illegal enough. The most common way to enter is by opening a door, window or missing part of the roof. If you can’t find an easy way in, take this as a sign and think carefully. Is it really abandoned? Should you leave instead?

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced explorer, if you find an entrance and there is only one, make sure you remember where it is. For example, mark it on the inside with orange tape. Also remember to always use common sense. Don’t climb on broken ladders, don’t enter through windows with broken glass, don’t rely on the ground even if there is a hole right in the middle, don’t be naive… You got it…

Act with discretion

Rather than attract attention, it is better to be as quiet as possible. Put your phone in airplane mode and watch your step. Also put your camera and GoPro in silent mode, without beeps. If you have to hide for any reason, make sure no equipment is making sound.

Trust your eyes and your instincts.

With the exception of “No Entry” signs, you must watch out for alarm stickers, cameras and dogs. New signs and cameras on an old building may mean they’ve seen you before. Dogs usually show up with the security guard, and they don’t stop for a pack of sausages.

Don’t run away

Sooner or later, you may find yourself face to face with someone. It could be another explorer, a homeless person, a tourist, a security guard or the police. If you can see the person clearly in broad daylight, or if you can’t see them at all because of the bright light from a torch, you just hear a voice, don’t run away, especially if it is dark. Stay calm and try to find out who it is, but be prepared to defend yourself if the person tries to steal from you.

There is a big difference between walking slowly and sprinting. You can fall into a hole, get stuck, or not pay enough attention to your surroundings, which can be really dangerous. You know you’re probably in an area where you shouldn’t be, so if the person isn’t a threat, just explain why you’re there, what you’re doing, and maybe show them some of your work. In most cases, situations end well.

What to put in your backpack?

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Camera :

In addition to appropriate clothing including shoes, long pants, sweater, hat and gloves, it is always good to be equipped with one or two cameras.

Torches:

Two powerful torches are essential. Always with spare batteries or batteries.

Walkie-talkie :

This is the way to stay in touch. No need for network coverage.

External Battery :

Keeps you from running out of battery in the worst times !

Mask :

A place can be toxic, but also full of dirt and dust that is difficult and dangerous to breathe. A mask helps to pass this area and allows to stop to take pictures. The European standard for all protections, such as dust, mold and asbestos, is called FFP3.

Protective spray :

A simple search on Google and you will find stories of explorers who have been robbed, by people who were waiting in places where they knew we were coming to take pictures.

First aid kit :

If minor incidents occur, you can keep going your exploration with peace of mind.

Swiss Army Knife :

Having a multi-purpose knife allows me to be able to take pictures in case we get stuck or locked in a place.

Binoculars :

Helps to locate the place from a distance.

Door stopper :

My first thought, when I got the tip, was “what”, but over time I realized it’s a very useful product. You don’t want to get locked in and have to call the fire department to get out.

Colored ribbon:

To mark the inside of where I enter, and/or to indicate a route back home.

Yellow Vest :

Good to bring if I’m going to visit an active military firing range. In such places, you definitely want to make yourself visible.

Para Cord Bracelet :

Once unfolded you can enjoy an extremely strong rope of more than 3 m in length.

Rules to know to practice Urbex

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For those who would like to visit some places there are some points to know:

– To have the agreement of the owner or the town hall before visiting the place.

– To be at least 2 : Safety first. If you are not sure, always have someone with you. This doesn’t have to be a professional explorer, but a friend who can keep quiet about contact details unless you need to call an ambulance. Many places are located in areas with no traffic, no electricity and no daily supervision. This means that the condition of the item could be worse than you think. If none of your friends can accompany you, post a request in a facebook group or on the urbex forum. You might find a new friend who will too. If I visit a place that is really off the grid and there is no network in the area, always text someone first, and tell them to call you in 3 hours

– Don’t damage the place.

– Don’t steal anything : Since you are most likely guilty of trespassing when entering a place, it is very bad to become a thief as well. Imagine that everyone is stealing things, and when you show up your reaction will be “What? This is not like all the pictures I’ve seen” and then you go home, write in an Urbex group that the place is totally different and there is nothing to see. Take pictures and let the explorers after you have the same experience.

– Respect the place.

– Take care that there is no danger of collapse, mould, rust, aggression, alarm etc…

– Use discretion.