Editors are encouraged to use commonly known abbreviations in listings. These abbreviations should ideally be uniform and consistent and generally should not include full stops or periods.
Editors may want to choose the appropriate abbreviation from those below which are both widely understood and unambiguous. However, don't knock yourself out "correcting" Rt to Rte – there is more important work to be done in plunging forward and writing the world's most complete and accurate free travel guide!
- 1F is "1st floor", 2F is "2nd floor", etc.
- East, North, South, and West: E, N, S, W (can also be combined into NE for Northeast, etc.)
- But don't abbreviate if it's the name of the street! Use "101 E Main St", but "202 East Ave".
- Avenue: Ave
- Building: Bldg
- Boulevard: Blvd
- Drive: Dr
- Expressway: Expy
- Freeway: Fwy
- Highway: Hwy
- Jalan: Jl (Road in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore)
- Lane: Ln
- Mount/Mountain: Mt
- Parkway: Pkwy
- Place: Pl
- Road: Rd
- Route: Rte
- Square: Sq
- Street: St
Numbered highways in the U.S. are abbreviated as follows:
- Interstates: I-80
- National highways: US-395
- State highways: CA-49
- For county routes or other smaller roads, spell it out completely.
Some country abbreviations include periods while others do not:
- "United Kingdom" should be abbreviated as UK without full stops, not U.K. (and not G.B. or GB, which is not coterminous with the UK)
- "United States of America" is an exception to our general rule that abbreviations should not include full stops or periods and should be abbreviated as U.S. (with periods, and not US nor USA nor U.S.A.)
Dates and times
- Internet has an initial capital letter (rather than "internet")
- Wi-Fi is used for wireless Internet using access points (hotspots) (not WiFi nor Wifi)