Over the past few years, there has been a rising interest in the paranormal. Although teams have dedicated their lives to proving the afterlife for many years, it wasn't until the late 2000's that paranormal investigations really began to pick up steam as a nationwide hobby. TV shows and popular media coverage have encouraged a newfound interest in the paranormal. Before you go investigating on a major trip, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Pick Your Location
The great thing about paranormal investigations is that there are plenty of haunted locations to choose from. It is a good idea to choose a location that both strikes your interest and can be easily accessed. Some of the best sites for investigators are hotels since they are not only accessible but also hold a plethora of paranormal activity. Once you settle on your primary travel destination, you can search for more haunted sites on the way there.
Check the Laws
You might want to investigate that old shut-down prison that is said to be haunted, but before you start planning your route, it is important to know the laws. Knowing the laws regarding certain locations is incredibly important to not only having a successful paranormal investigation but also in keeping yourself and your crew out of trouble.
Some locations are off-limits for a reason, like unstable structures or harmful substances such as asbestos that might still be lingering inside. When you choose to disobey these signs, you are putting yourself in danger. In case of emergency, first responders might also be at risk. No one wants a record for trespassing as part of their paranormal investigation.
Set Your Budget
One of the most common misconceptions regarding paranormal investigations is that it costs little to nothing. Local adventures may cost little, but you do need a budget if you are going to pursue an investigation, especially cross-country. To do a proper paranormal investigation, you'll want to seek out budget advice as well as photography and recording gear.
Second-hand equipment can help you save. When on a budget, websites like eBay or Craigslist can be crucial. Tripods, flashlights and other essentials can add up, but there are some great deals on high-end equipment when you shop around.
Listen to Locals
Although search engines can certainly help you dig up the history of a particular location, listening to locals can help you capture the entire story. Often locals have a direct connection to the haunted location and know the rumors that surround the site. They might know people who have worked within a location or even gone there themselves. Direct source information is the best way to immerse yourself in your chosen location. You may even find more interesting areas you never read about online.