It's really dangerous, but I've done it many times. I used to live in a partially rural town, and me and my best friend would scope out abandoned houses to explore. Normally old houses forgotten in an overgrown bush on the side of a not-so-busy road.
There are too many to name here that we've explored, but two notable ones were:
1) what was obviously a heroin addicts bunker. The place looked completely abandoned, but was an otherwise gorgeous house: huge windows, a balcony over a spacious living room, two-car garage and a basement. This was an expensive home.
Interestingly enough, it still had power, which we found out by opening the door to a bedroom and seeing a ceiling fan spinning on the ceiling. Needles and shotgun shells littered the floor, and a soiled mattress lay in the middle of the room.
The weirdest part? The closet in this room contained a single wooden chair sitting ominously underneath a single lightbulb that hung from the ceiling. I shit you not, this was a place straight out of a movie.
2) This was a place I went to completely alone (writers note: NEVER DO THIS). It was a derelict house in the middle of what used to be a crop field. The outside of the house was completely covered in bushes, trees, and overgrown with vines, but the rest of the field was barren. It was almost as if whoever owned the field wanted to hide the house behind the brush.
I went inside (again, alone: NEVER DO THIS) and there were robitussin bottles EVERYWHERE. Giggling to myself, I turned into a room that was completely empty, save for the writing on the wall.
Someone had taken red paint (marker, maybe?) and scrawled images of demons and rantings on the otherwise white walls. It was absolutely surreal, and upon seeing what looked like a room used for summoning Satan himself, I quickly left and never returned.
There are many more I can tell you about, but that's all I'd like to share for now.
In summary, it's a really fun activity, but there are some things I wish I had done differently.
1) NEVER, EVER, EVER EVER EVER go alone. I've done it a couple times, and it's incredibly dangerous and irresponsible. It's easy to find someone who is as stupid and adventurous as you are, so find a buddy (or better yet, a group).
2) Wear a mask. Looking back, who knows what kind of mold/asbestos I've breathed in. I would not be surprised if those particles come back to bite me in the ass. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.