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The act of exploring locations that are abandoned. An urban explorer will be one who goes to locations to take pictures, video or just to look.

Someone who goes to an abandoned location to commit vandalism or other kinds of illegal activity (besides trespassing) should not be confused with an urban explorer.

Urban exploring is not just limited to "urban" areas.

Urban explorers usually follow the rule of:

Take nothing but pictures...
Leave nothing but footprints...
Break nothing but silence...

Although this rule is commonly broken in a way that people will sometimes take items for a personal souvenier. This is something that does not bother most unless things are taken in mass quantities for a profit.
Hey, what do you want to do today?
-How about we go to that abandoned hospital to take some cool pictures!
Okay, sounds cool... I love urban exploring!
by Abandoned Forever July 02, 2006
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The act of exploring a location that has been forgotten or abandoned. This normally refers to abandoned buildings, tunnels or any other structure that society has generally left to decay. Urban Exploring is a friendlier term for "trespassing" because most locations are on private property and often requires breaking and entering.

There is a difference between urban explorers and vandals. Urban Explorers are there to observe and photograph their location. Vandals are there to tag or deface them.
I found a cool abandoned building outside of town. Are you up for some urban exploring?
by Steve802 March 20, 2010
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Upper middle class white kids with $1,000 cameras (also known as "photographers") who seek entrance into abandoned or no-longer-in-use buildings in order to look around, drink, or party. They leave nothing but footprints, graffiti, and beer cans and take nothing but pictures or anything not bolted down.

Exploration is incomplete without telling the world about it via urban exploring forums, Facebook, and Instagram. An "explorer" is incomplete without the air of superiority for their alleged knowledge of architecture, history, or gutter punk lifestyles.
*While scrolling through Instagram*

"Look at my pictures of this Art Deco building."

"That's not Art Deco, that's New Formalism."
"No, it's Art Deco. Believe me, I do urban exploring."
by Erasers January 05, 2015
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