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.
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.
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.
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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