• Abandoned Places Bucket List

    Now you may not already know this about me but I have a serious love for abandoned places. A little creepy, you might think? But I think there is some serious beauty in places that people have forgotten about and nature is totally reclaiming it. I want to share with you my abandoned places bucket list.

    One huge love of mine is Chernobyl!

    Yes you’ve read that right. The major nuclear disaster which took place on the 26th April 1986. Since I learnt about the disaster I have grown facinated by it and how it all happened. My Dad even bought me a very interesting book by Adam Higginbotham called Midnight in Chernobyl which explains how and why it happened with lots of factual information in it. So if you are interested by that kind of thing, I definitely recommend picking up a copy. Also, who’s seen the TV mini series on Sky Atlantic? My butt was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

    Now, moving on. I wanted to share with you my abandoned places bucket list – as suggested by @abisaysblog on Instagram. Sorry it’s taken me so long to write this up.

    MY ABANDONED PLACES BUCKET LIST // 10 AWESOMELY CREEPY PLACES I WANT TO VISIT

    01.

    Chernobyl Power Plant, Pripyat Ukraine

    This has been extremely high on my bucket list purely because of my love for learning about the history and the disaster that happened. I know quite a few people who have gone and they said how amazing it was. I can’t wait to get some awesome shots there and see it with my own eyes.

    If you didn’t already know what happened (you should), there was a huge explosion at the Nuclear Reactor 4 on 26th April 1986 in Pripyat Ukraine. The explosion was caused due to major design flaws and breach of protocal during a simulated power outage safety test. When the reactor was built, corners were cut to save money which resulted in design flaws breaking several rules in terms of safety when building the reactor. The reactor operators on duty when the explosion happened, had barely any training when running the test which made the situation worse.

    If you’d like to know more about the diaster, I highly recommend reading Adam Higginbotham’s book Midnight In Chernobyl. It’s a very insightful and interesting read.


    02.

    Finnamore Wood Prison, Frieth Marlow England

    This one I have actually ticked off my bucket list. I wanted to visit this former YO prison and also housed evacuee children during the Wars in Marlow, Buckinghamshire to shoot some mental institute style pictures for a photography project which I did back in 2014. It was so creepy and eery but I loved getting lots of different shots around the grounds of collapsing buildings, doors of their hinges and rusty padlocks on doors.

    WARNING: The buildings are highly Asbestos ridden! Limit your exposure.

    READ MORE: Finnamore Wood Prison | Photography Project


    Image Credit: V Mulder

    03.

    Sukhumi Airport, Babushara Russia

    We love travel and always visit different airports throughout our times of travelling, but have you ever been to an abandoned airport? This airport once served a small village in Russia called Babushara and then it was home to the military in 2008 during the war in South Ossetia. The rustic broken down luggage belts and the old fashioned flip destinations board are my favourite features.

    The airport was built in the mid-1960s, when the region was part of the Soviet Union. In the Soviet era, it was used only for domestic flights, primarily to transport people from across the Soviet Union to the sunny beaches of Abkhazia. The airport was heavily damaged during the civil war in the early 1990s. Land mines and other explosive remnants of war have been cleared from the airport since by the HALO Trust, the only land mine clearance agency active in Abkhazia at the present time. It hasn’t been touched in 25 years.


    Image Credit: OneStep4Ward

    04.

    Airplane Wreckage Graveyard, Bangkok Thailand

    Now I don’t want to think about crashed planes ever happening again but there is something about this graveyard of plane wreckages in the middle of Bangkok. Bangkok is Thailand’s capital and a massive city known for it’s diversity. How many amazing shots would you get of crashed planes and massive skyscrapers in the background?!

    The other perfect plane wreckage to visit is the DC-3 Plane Wreckage in Iceland! It’s so much fun to explore and take pictures of, especially on the volcanic black sand.

    READ MORE: Exploring The DC-3 Plane Wreckage In Iceland


    05.

    Ghost Tower (Sathorn Unique), Bangkok Thailand

    This skyscraper tower was meant to be a residency building for thousands in Bangkok but sadly after the management company went bankrupt, they had to stall and then completely cancel the building work so now it’s a massive shell of a tower. It is a huge popular destination for tourists who love free running and getting sunset photos over the city. Sadly I couldn’t see this tower when I was last in Bangkok, as our hotel was quite far away but I’m hoping to go soon.


    06.

    Calico Ghost Town, California USA

    When I was planning my California road trip with a friend (which badly failed) for summer of 2019, I had on my list a lot of abandoned places around Joshua Tree including this awesome ghost town. It is a former mining town and is now a cowboy themed sort of theme park for people wanting to visit. It has 5 original buildings that have been recently renovated in a way to look like it was in the silver rush era. It dates back and was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town.

    The dream of visiting has been put on hold until I can find a suitable road trip partner.


    Image Credit: Popular Mechanics

    07.

    Beelitz Military Hospital, Berlin

    An abandoned hospital from WW1? Yes please. Something creepily beautiful about an abandoned hospital or mental institute. This hospital actually housed a poorly Hitler when he was younger during WW1.

    The Berlin Workers’ Health Insurance Corporation designed this 60-building hospital complex. In 1898 it opened as a sanatorium to treat patients suffering from lung diseases.

    During World War I it served as a military field hospital of the Imperial German Army. It was in late 1916 that Adolf Hitler was admitted to Beelitz-Heilstätten after being wounded in the leg at the Battle of the Somme. It was used once again as a field hospital to treat wounded Nazis during World War II.


    Image Credit: Hannah Frishberg from Atlas Osbscura

    08.

    Creedmore Psychiatric Hospital, New York USA

    How awesome is this creepy psychiatric hospital? The hospital was opened in 1912 in Brooklyn, New York were 32 patients worked on farm land as part of their treatment.

    The 1970s were a rough time for the hospital, when crime infested the campus. Three rapes, 22 assaults, 52 fires, 130 burglaries, six suicides, a shooting, and a riot occurred within 20 months of each other. It was around this time that Building 25 was abandoned. Never sold off or demolished, it has been rotting on the hospital grounds since it was vacated in the early 1970s.

    It’s had lots of birds, the odd squatter and some tourists check it out throughout the years. Some parts of the buildings are harder to check out than others but I think it will be worth it.


    09.

    The Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico

    Now there is nothing more than creepy dolls with their heads off or limbs tied to a tree. The Island of the Dolls is a popular tourist attraction in Mexico for those who love everything creepy. The Island of the Dolls, originally owned by Don Julián Santana, is full of dolls hanging from trees and buildings covered with cobwebs and insects. The place was named during the 1950s when the owner began to hang them as protection against evil spirits. Santana was a neighbor of the Barrio de la Asunción, where he used to go to drink pulque after having sold his vegetables, until, due to superstitions, he began to preach the Bible, being expelled from the sector.

    The island features broken and deteriorated dolls of various styles and colors are found throughout the island, originally placed by the former owner of the island, Julián Santana Barrera. Julián believed that dolls helped to chase away the spirit of a girl drowned years ago. Santana died in 2001 of a heart attack. Some say he was close to the same spot where the girl drowned when she died, but this is false.


    10.

    Tianducheng, Hangzhou, China

    It’s China’s Tianducheng district, a miniature replica of France’s capital, located about 40 minutes away from Hangzhou. The ambitious (yet failed) real estate development was built in 2007, complete with its own Champs-Elysées and 300-foot Eiffel Tower.

    Unfortunately, China’s attempt to recreate the City of Light ended up being more creepy than romantic, as if the real Paris suddenly entered the Upside Down. Only a couple thousand residents remain (the city was built to house 10,000), and the streets are typically empty—save for the occasional bridal party posing for faux Parisian wedding photos.


    I have so many other abandoned places on my bucket list but these are my top 10 at the moment that I can’t wait to visit. If you have any abandoned places recommendations, leave me them in the comments below.


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