Wikivoyage:What is an article?
In order to keep Wikivoyage organized and consistent there are guidelines about when a subject gets its own article. In this area there are two competing principles:
- Articles should be relatively self-sufficient so that travellers can print them out, put them in their back pocket, and use them for travelling around.
- At the same time, articles should not be so long that they're impossible to read, print, or use.
So, here are some rough guidelines for what topics should have their own articles, and what shouldn't. Nothing here is set in stone, but exceptions to these guidelines should have good justifications.
The test for destination-style articles 
The most common and quickest assessment of whether a place merits an article is Can You Sleep There? That is, are there any types of accommodation open to the public: hotels, hostels, campgrounds, cabins, wigwams, yurts, space station bunks, etc. If a place, such as a national park, has no facilities, but has rules for pitching a tent in the wilderness, that can work too. On the other hand, while there are numerous hotels and other lodging options in a city like London, you can't sleep in a museum or park within that city; such parks and museums should thus be listed as attractions within an article about the city.
Sleeping isn't all that travellers do, though, and there should be some content to fill out our other standard article sections: content regarding what and where to eat, how to have some fun in the evening, stuff to do, things to see, etc. If you know there really is no place to find food, nothing to do, and nothing to see at a location, it's likely that the article won't meet the criteria established in this policy.
What does get its own article? 
Geographical units in the geographical hierarchy should have their own articles. There should be articles about:
- Continents like Africa (formatted using the Project:Region article template).
- Continental sections like Southeast Asia (formatted using the Project:Region article template).
- Countries like Brazil (formatted using the Project:Country article template).
- Regions like Normandy (formatted using the Project:Region article template).
- Cities like Tokyo (formatted using the Project:Huge city article template).
- Districts like Greenwich Village (formatted using the Project:District article template).
- National parks like Yosemite National Park (formatted using the Project:Park article template).
What does not get its own article? 
Individual attractions should not have their own articles (in general). Their information should be listed in the guide to the destination in which they are located. Again, the can you sleep there test is a good quick tool for assessing whether something merits an article. With a few very rare exceptions (see below) there should not be articles about individual:
- Companies (hotels, restaurants, bars, stores, nightclubs, tour operators, etc).
- Museums, statues or other works of art.
- City parks, town squares or streets. (Districts named after streets like San Francisco/Castro Street and Singapore/Orchard are OK.)
- Festivals or events.
- Transport systems or stations or routine schedules.
- Bodies of water (actually, this one's a bit more complicated — see Project:Bodies of water).
- Uninhabited islands.
We prefer that attractions, sites, and events be included in the article for the place where they're located (see where you can stick it for details). For example, a lake might be listed under the "See" section of the closest town, and a bar would be listed under the "Drink" section of the town in which it is located.
If an attraction is really famous and travellers may not know the city or region it is in, then create an article with the attraction name as title, but make it a redirect to the appropriate destination article, and put the actual description of the attraction in the destination article. For example, Taj Mahal redirects to Agra.
There are exceptions to every rule, and Wikivoyage is no different. Be aware, however, that if you think something deserves an exception you should be ready to defend your position. Cases where exceptions are made include attractions, sites, or events that are far away (too far for a day trip) from any city and would require an overnight stay, or so large and complex that the information about them would overload the city article. Some examples of possible exceptions include:
- Complex and remote state/provincial parks or monuments such as Mount Robson Provincial Park (formatted using the Project:Park article template)
- ...but not state or city parks that primarily serve as recreational sites for day visitors.
- ...but not individual ruins in or near modern cities.
- Famous tourist trains that a traveller would choose to ride for their own sakes such as the Trans-Siberian Railway
- ...but not trains only for transportation without extensive exposure to scenic beauty or on board entertainment.
- Ski resorts like Aspen that function as a town, with all the services that a town would provide (more than one lodging option, restaurants, bars, shops, etc.)
- ...but not ski resorts that are part of or by a town, like Taos Ski Valley in Taos, which is part of the community of Taos that has a lot of "destination-like" features beyond the ski area.
- Singularly huge and complex airports the size of small cities such as Kansai International Airport or Heathrow Airport (formatted using the Project:Airport article template)
- ...but not typical metropolitan or regional airports. Some specific guidelines as to when an airport merits its own article:
- It should serve at least 100 daily flights, some of which must be connecting flights.
- It must have several food and shopping options available; if the airport does not have enough amenities to fill out a "Buy" and "Eat and Drink" section then it does not merit its own article.
In general, a good rule of thumb is that information about attractions, sites, events, and transportation should always be initially placed into the article for the place they're located in, and only when that information becomes too large and complex should a new article be considered. As with most decisions on Wikivoyage, consensus drives the process, but we try to err on the side of consistency and not make these exceptions unless we absolutely have to. Before starting an article based on one of the above exceptions, start a discussion to explore whether it would be appropriate.
Non destination-style articles 
In addition, the following categories of articles are given their own articles:
- Itineraries should have their own articles (formatted using the Project:Itinerary article template).
- Phrasebooks should have their own articles (formatted using the Project:Phrasebook template).
- Travel topics should have their own articles.