By Josh Saunders
An urban explorer is showcasing the beauty of abandoned building in film showing his top derelict destinations of this year.
From the snowy mountainsides to deserts, radioactive zones, underground sites and more, Bob Thissen, 32, has a far from an ordinary life.
His full-time profession involves visiting urban exploration sites to document for YouTube channel ‘Exploring the Unbeaten Path’ – that has seen him trek to four continents and 300 sites.
This year the team have been to radioactive Fukishima, Bastnas Car Cemetery where nature is reclaiming over 1,000 automobiles, the bizarre village of UFO shaped homes in Taiwan and many more.
In his one-year recap, Bob hopes to show the impressiveness of the abandoned sites and encourages others to have adventures of their own.
Bob from Heerlen, the Netherlands, said: “This year we’ve been exploring in four continents in many, many countries.
“We explored in jungles, snowy mountains, deserts, tropical islands, radioactive zones, underground places, and others.
“The nice part about urban exploring is that every location has its own charm and adventure, which makes it hard to choose my favourite.
“I think my top three for this year was: 1: Baikonur Space Shuttles 2: Fukushima 3: Battleship Island.
“This video is a glimpse into the world of urban exploration.
“You see beauty shots and drone shots and not the whole adventure, adrenaline and fun behind exploring.
“It’s also not an insight of a regular urban explorer’s life, I guess most explorers don’t take as much effort and spend as much money as we do.
“I created this video because I want to show other people what we’ve been up to this year, what adventures we had and show how beautiful abandoned buildings can be.
“It’s also nice to keep as a memory for myself.
“On our Youtube Channel we take people along safely who can’t or don’t dare to go themselves.
“I’m not a materialistic guy, so I spend all my money for travelling and adventures I’ll never forget.
“For me great memories are the best investment you can get.
“Too many people are addicted to their smart phones and Televisions, go on an adventure instead.”