The following links are a mixture of sites that I have found useful, entertaining, informative, or those that have otherwise tickled my fancy in some way.
The Institute for Dark Tourism Research: based at the University of Central Lancashire, England, the iDTR is a world-leading academic centre for dark tourism scholarship, research and teaching.
Tiraspol Hostel: a friendly hostel located in Tiraspol, capital of the much-debated Soviet Socialist Republic of Transnistria. A central location, free tours of the city, and vodka on tap.
Young Pioneer Tours: possibly the most interesting travel company you will ever come across - these guys offer action-packed tours to unconventional destinations such as Iran, Tibet and North Korea.
2 Nomads 1 Narrative: "Two nomads = One American + One Welshman. One narrative = this blog! We left our homes in May 2009 with a one way ticket to Bangkok & have been traveling and teaching our way around the world ever since. After living in the South Korea, Vietnam and Peru for a while we are back on the road in South America!"
210 Countries: Oriol Ràfols, form Catalonia (Spain) and 28 years old, is the founder and webmaster of 210countries. From his travels through more than 40 countries come many of the stories related in this website.
99 Boomerangs: Australian-born Brenden gave up his job as a manager in a call centre, to travel and experience other cultures and customs. His site so far covers destinations spread across South East Asia and beyond.
A Couple Travelers: Dave and Vicky set out to make this more than just a travel blog, but rather a travel resource. A place where you can go for your travel needs. A place where you can see them get lost, over pay for cabs, and make the mistakes, so you don’t have to.
A Little Adrift: Shannon is a storyteller and knowledge-seeker captivated by the world. She left home in 2008 to travel solo, volunteer, and track down delicious vegetarian eats all over the world. In 2011, along with her then 11-year-old niece, she started a new journey to explore Asia and homeschool from the road.
A Dangerous Business: At ADB, you can find both practical travel advice (tips, tricks, guides, reviews) and personal travel stories, interspersed with travel photos, videos, interviews, and much more.
The Blonde Gypsy: Larissa (aka 'The Blonde Gypsy') is a travel addict and iPhone photographer, with a passion for Europe in particular. Her site is a colourful whirlwind of eye-candy, travel tips and unexpected adventures.
Dave's Travel Corner: A community focusing on experiential travel; aimed at readers actively interested in a wide range of travel topics across a variety of budgets.
The DFR: An excellent resource, incorporating a directory of travel bloggers, travel-related ebooks and recommendations for food, accommodation and interesting destinations around the world.
Grrrl Traveler: GRRRL TRAVELER pens everything from her travels (tips, insights, woes and inspirational humor), her work in reality TV and her life as an expat living in South Korea. Whether traveling solo as a single female or with friends, surviving travel is about finding GRRR!, exploring one’s independence and empowering oneself as a traveler by navigating cultural diversity while experiencing the bizarre, foreign, frightening and often times, funny.
One Step 4 Ward: Johnny Ward is a twenty-something Irish guy who has been working, studying, volunteering and studying abroad for over 6 years now. 100+ countries in and with work experience in 5 countries he’s trying to spread the word about long-term travel, lifestyle design and the awesome opportunities associated with it!
SuitQais Diaries: Being born in England and raised in Oman Adrian has always had the travel bug and after backpacking, living, volunteering and working as a marine biologist in over 40+ countries he don’t mean to stop the adventures now. With the mindset of making and grabbing every opportunity that crosses his path the main aim of his site is to encourage you to go out there and do the same in order to be the person you always wanted to be!
Tipsy Nomads: This unique site collects travel stories told in miniature; as visitors submit their own photos of alcoholic drinks from around the world.
Abandoned Journey: the enigmatic Dr. Hank Snaffler Jr. invites you to join him, on a tour of some of the world's most curious abandoned buildings.
Abandoned Kansai: Florian is a German photographer, currently based in Japan - where he documents a fascinating range of abandonments and other curiosities.
Archived Decay: truly beautiful photography detailing a range of European abandonments... from a gunpowder factory in Sweden, to a submarine tunnel in Montenegro.
FraggleHunter: a good site based in the North of England, Fragglehunter explores a wide variety of sites including mills, industrial facilities and ship yards.
General Kosmosa: General Kosmosa is a professional writer and photographer living in Kiev, Ukraine. Some of the sites he manages to visit are beyond belief...
Gervs: when he's not busy working on UE Magazine, Gerv manages his own site as well - looking a little closer into the hidden places of New England.
Locuri Uitate: Peppy is a Romanian explorer, whose blog features a range of highly atmospheric sites from Bucharest and beyond.
Rats n Ruins: King Rat's page delves into a variety of abandonments - chronicling sites from the UK and across Eastern Europe.
SnakeOil Urbex: the self-dubbed 'easy explores of a fat man', SnakeOil offers a range of photography from industrial, institutional and even subterranean sites.
The Time Chamber: charting the exploits of two brothers based in the UK, this site combines fine photography with an exploration into the history of some truly fascinating abandonments.
Timeless Dimension: my good friend and fellow explorer Airin T. has recently started her own blog - focussing on a broad spectrum of bizarre and breathtaking abandonments in Hong Kong.
The Urban Adventures of Keïteï: the intrepid Keïteï combines great photography, an infectious sense of curiosity, and a list of destinations ranging from Europe to South East Asia.
Urbex Obsession: an excellent collection of almost 300 site reports from across Canada, and spreading down into the United States as well.
Urban Decay & Other Oddities
28 Days Later: One of the largest urbex databases on the Internet, this site features a wealth of reports from explorers predominantly based in the UK.
Amusing Planet: These folks describe their interests as "Amazing Places, Wonderful People, Weird Stuff". What's not to like?
Derelict Places: A community website dedicated to the documentation of derelict, decaying and abandoned places.
Forlorn Britain: from long forgotten military bunkers to glamorous 1940s cinemas, this is one of Britain's leading sites on urban exploration. There is something about these bleak, evocative photographs the leaves one with a distinct sense of sehnsucht.
Infiltration: The zine about going places you're not supposed to go, is a paper publication devoted to the art of urban exploration, a sort of interior tourism that allows the curious-minded to discover behind-the-scenes sights and have a lot of free fun.
Sometimes Interesting: A superb source of inspiration, documenting weird, forgotten and sometimes interesting finds from all around the world.
Talk Urbex: An international urban exploration and photography forum community, providing equipment reviews, tutorials, competitions and location history.
UE Magazine: An independent US magazine full of beautiful pictures and daring reports... the site also features a good forum and online community.
Urban Ghosts: A richly detailed site featuring articles that range from urban exploration to architecture, alternative travel and street art.
Urbexing Chronicles: Part blog, part online community, this site and its associated Facebook page offer a regularly updated meeting place for photographers and explorers... showcasing some fantastic images from both the US and the rest of the world.
Utopia Britannica: a guide to Britain's many utopian experiments of the twentieth century - from self-sufficient private militias, to degenerate hippy communes.
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