More and more people are moving into cities and find themselves at home in or near an urban jungle. The word “exploration” may invoke thoughts and images of far-away destinations and anthropological sites, but urban exploration is actually a modern movement that many people are happy to be a part of. People will often look for sites that are vacant or even abandoned to explore.
You can take it as seriously as you want to, as there are different levels of urban exploration to partake in. Serious urban explorers often think of themselves as modern historians, archivers, documentarians, architecture buffs, and discoverers. For some, it is an exciting activity simply to explore their urban surroundings; for others, there is a thrill in venturing into spaces that are off-site, hidden, and even dangerous. It is recommended that you explore with a buddy in the case of emergencies. Some tools to bring with you, whether you’re a beginner or an advanced urban explorer, are a flashlight, some water, and a camera if you’d like to document your exploration and findings.
While urban exploration may seem like a modern idea, there’s a fairly recent but historical discovery that is attributed to urban exploration, and that is the discovery of the Catacombs under Paris hundreds of years ago! There’s always something new to discover, and it can be fun to re-discover what you already know. Urban exploration is just one of the ways you can discover and explore your surroundings to live out an adventure!