Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates

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Here we determine which articles are featured on the Main Page as Destination of the month (DotM), Off the Beaten Path (OtBP) and Featured travel topics (FTT).

Nominate[edit]

You can nominate any article you would like to see featured. Any destination, region, itinerary or event that passes the "What is an article?" test is eligible for nomination.

However, before nominating, please check that the article follows these basic guidelines:

Well-known and/or popular destinations should be nominated as Destination of the Month, while more obscure destinations should be nominated for Off the Beaten Path. Travel topics, phrasebooks, itineraries and other articles should be nominated for Featured Travel Topic. Where applicable, you should propose a good time to visit the destination as a month to be featured.

The basic format of a nomination is as follows:

{{FeatureNom
| place=Destination
| blurb='''[[Destination]]''' is a place of contrasts, and as such it...
| status=Guide
| time=March-June
| nominatedBy=~~~~
| comment=Great article and it's just luvvly-jubbly in the springtime.
| DotMImage=[[File:Destinationimage.jpg|thumb|300px]]
}}

Add a nomination to the end of the appropriate section.

Discuss[edit]

You can comment on any nomination based on timeliness and adherence to the criteria above, just add a bullet point (*) and your signed opinion.

===[[Destination]]===
Great article and it's just luvvly-jubbly in the springtime. TravelNut 25:25, 31 Feb 2525 (EDT)
* Looks nice, but shouldn't the Do section contain more than just quilting contests? ~~~~

Please note that the following are not considered valid reasons to oppose a nomination:

  • "I don't like it." All objections have to be based on the guidelines above: poor formatting, missing information, etc. Personal opinions, dislikes, etc. do not count.
  • "Wrong time of year." Articles are supported or opposed based on their content. Timing can be worked out later.
  • "Wrong type of place." Articles are supported or opposed based on their content. Whether it's DotM or OtBP can be worked out later.

Select[edit]

If an article gets several comments in favor and none against for a week or so, it's eligible to be placed in an appropriate time-slot in the Upcoming queue. If the objections are relatively minor and are being worked on, add them to the Upcoming queue tentatively (add a question mark "?" after the article). Feel free to move the queue around or swap articles if it makes sense. If a nomination clearly does not make the grade and if the objections are not easily fixable, they go into the Slush pile.

Once a nomination has been scheduled, an appropriate banner image and text blurb must be selected. Go to Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates/Banners to start that discussion.

Archive[edit]

Discussions for previously selected destinations are kept in the Archive.

Upcoming[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The following queue should contain about six months' worth of upcoming destinations. Note that new DotMs are rotated in on the 1st of each month, OtBPs on the 11th and travel topics on the 21st.

Month DotM OtBP FTT
June 2020 Oslo Karakol - pending stronger consensus to support Rail travel in the Netherlands
July 2020 Hamilton (Ontario) - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Faaborg - pending stronger consensus to support Chinese cuisine
August 2020 Portland (Oregon) - pending fixes (?) and stronger consensus to support Apia - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Scuba diving
September 2020 York Alcamo - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway
October 2020 Tel Aviv - pending stronger consensus to support Nkhata Bay - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Budget travel - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support
November 2020 Arequipa - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Iriomote - pending stronger consensus to support Aviation history - pending stronger consensus to support

The schedule is not cast in stone. However, any change made to the schedule should have a compelling reason behind it, and should be effected as far in advance as possible of the article's scheduled term on the Main Page. In particular, unless absolutely necessary, we discourage nominee articles from being slushed or rescheduled after DotM banners have been made for them, which usually happens 2-3 months before being featured.

Whenever a guide becomes a current feature, it should be removed from the list, the discussion archived, and (when changing out Featured Travel Topics) a new month added to the end of the queue.

Next changes[edit]

Decisions regarding which images to use as the banners are made at Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates/Banners.

The section below provides an opportunity to see what the upcoming featured articles will look like on the Main Page using the banners that are currently most popular on the above page.


Updating[edit]

On the date of the scheduled change, the DotM, OtBP, or FTT should be changed as close to midnight UTC as possible. When the featured page is changed, please follow the following procedures to do so and archive content to the appropriate pages. At each stage, please double-check that you are correctly moving content.

  1. Update the featured articles on the main page by replacing the current 'banner' template section with those of the appropriate banner for the new DotM/OtBP/FTT found in the Next change section above.
  2. Update the Photo credits page with the banner's original image, title and attribution.
  3. Add the former featured article to the appropriate archive page: Previous Destinations of the month, Previously Off the beaten path, or Previous Featured travel topics.
  4. Remove Template:Featurenomination from newly featured article.
  5. For the former featured article, add the appropriate parameter to the pagebanner template (directly after the image filename) to label the page as having been featured previously.
    • For former DotMs, add: dotm=yes
    • For former OtBPs, add: otbp=yes
    • For former FTTs, add: ftt=yes
  6. Archive the newly featured article's nomination. Simply cut-and-paste the nomination section of the newly featured article from this page to Wikivoyage:Destination of the Month candidates/Archive.
  7. Update the Next change section above by adding the banner from the discussion page. View the table in the Schedule section above to determine what next month's change will be, then update the image and blurb in the "Next change" section with that found in the upcoming featured article's nomination.
  8. Archive the newly featured article's banner by cutting-and-pasting all banner suggestions and the associated discussion into Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates/Banners/Archive.

Nominations for Destination of the Month[edit]

Portland (Oregon)[edit]

Place: Portland (Oregon)
Blurb: Once a down-at-the-heels seaport town, now one of America's trendiest cities of the moment; in the "City of Roses" the accent is on sustainability and a certain self-conscious quirkiness. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: northern summer
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 13:11, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
Comment: Slushed in 2010, but has grown a lot since then. Has all the essentials of a city article.

Nomination
MAX and bus side-by-side on Portland Mall, 5th & Yamhill.jpg
  • Not yet — at a first glance it looks like a solid article, but some listings lack description (most notably in the Sleep section). The article has a huge number of Eat listings (83!). Yes, some of them are local chains with several restaurants but still... ϒpsilon (talk) 15:49, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
  • If being complete means adding even more length and listings to an already overlong and over-listy article, as Ypsilon said (and I agree with him), then the answer is that Portland needs to be districtified first. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 15:52, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
Interestingly, districtification has already been discussed three times on Talk:Portland (Oregon). ϒpsilon (talk) 13:39, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Slush?[edit]

Between this nomination and Talk:Portland (Oregon) (and just look at the article itself!), there's a strong indication that this article ought to be districtified before it's put on the Main Page. That's a formidable task that, in the nearly five months since it's been nominated, no one has bothered to get started on. Also, the nominee doesn't currently have any Support votes to go on the Main Page as is. Are we going to get moving on this or should Portland be slushed? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 05:23, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Agree, let's slush for now.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:56, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
As discussed, Portland needs to be districtified. It shouldn't be to difficult to divide the city into a couple of districts, for example per the suggestion in Talk:Portland_(Oregon)#Districtification.
But as the schedule is full for the warm months of 2019, Portland is either going to sit around for 1+ year or something from the schedule will have to give up its place. -- ϒψιλον (talk) 11:54, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Ypsi - Now that you mention it, I do remember the districtification of Riga ahead of its term of DotM took much less time than I'd expected. But the question is: given all the other work that needs to be done, on other DotM candidates and elsewhere on the site, is anyone actually going to take on this project? We have enough DotM candidates, and enough Guide-level articles especially among U.S. destinations, that it would be no big deal if we slushed Portland, not to mention that it was nominated too late to make the summer 2019 schedule anyway. I'd say let's revisit this issue in three months and see if any progress has been made in the interim. What do you (and others) think about that? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 16:06, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
I've never used more than a few days to districtify a city. Usually it does just take a couple of hours to move the listings, once the district division and borders have been decided. Then the main article needs some more content in sections that formerly had listings, district articles need some info in Understand and Get in (a look at the city's map and public transport network map is often enough), and then a district map needs to be created.
I could help out with districtifying Portland, but it will have to wait a while; other WV projects (yup, also DotM related :)) have priority. -- ϒψιλον (talk) 18:49, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
Portland is now districtified. -- ϒψιλον (talk) 19:44, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
  • Borderline between support and not yet. I find it hard to make up my mind here. The eat section, for example, is much to long, and therefore is like a yellow pages guide and not a travel guide. Otherwise, however, it looks like a reasonably good article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 23:26, 25 February 2019 (UTC)

Districts[edit]

Regarding the fact that, as Ypsilon says, it's now districtified, I have a couple thoughts:

  1. I think it would make sense for Portland to be moved to Portland and for the disambiguation page to moved to Portland (disambiguation).
  2. Good news about the districtification! The district articles look good, although perhaps they could do with some more general information. (For example, none of them have an "understand" section.)
  3. In the "districts" section of the main article, there definitely ought to be a description of each of the districts, so travelers can know a little about each district before visiting their respective pages.

--Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:56, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Better to have that discussion in Talk:Portland_(Oregon)#Districtification_for_DotM, there indeed are still some things both the main Portland article and the district articles need. ϒψιλον (talk) 05:10, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
  • I think the "See" section needs some links to the districts. The "Do" section should mention/list the major city festivals/events. The districts should only give a listing to ONE of the chain restaurants. Portland (Oregon)/Eastside's Eat section looks sloppy with half of the listings being the same restaurants. The "Connect" section in the districts should have content or be deleted. ChubbyWimbus (talk) 03:04, 28 July 2019 (UTC)

May 2020[edit]

The city ensemble (the main article and three districts) still need work, but it's largely down to the districts that this is the case. If someone is willing to step up and do the following before the projected August slot, I'll support:

  • The district list should have a couple of lines of description for each of the three districts, including mentioning where to find Downtown.
  • There's a disconnect between the districts we've decided to use and the 'Neighborhoods' list in 'See'; can the gap be bridged?
  • The district articles themselves are little more than repositories for listings. In particular:
  • no 'Understand' section, indeed no information about the districts as places at all;
  • very poor 'Get in' that are only slightly useful if you are arriving from out of town by one particular mode of transport, but not if you want to get from say the Southwest to the East.
  • no 'Get around', even though the East in itself is as big as a large city.

On the positive side, the main article is very well-written and the vast majority of the district listings are of the expected high standard.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:37, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

I for one plan to put down some effort into the article(s) in the coming months. Ypsilon (talk) 13:50, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
If you think you can take care of everything listed above, then I can support the nomination.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 22:50, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

York[edit]

Place: York
Blurb: Whether marveling at the world's foremost example of Gothic cathedral architecture or just walking the ancient streets where the Romans, Angles and Vikings once trod, the old Northern English capital is a medievalist's delight. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any, but recommend back half of year: 1 Aug is Yorkshire day, Sept has the highest concentration of major events, and there are also lots of pre-Christmas festivities. The weather may be poor in Nov/Dec, but the atmosphere is magical and nobody visits northern England for the weather anyway.
Nominated by: ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:37, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Comment: One of England's most-visited cities, so deserves a crack at the main page - this would be the first time a British city had been DOTM since Manchester in 2015. I have been working on this one pretty solidly since September, so hope you all like it. Work is 95% complete, with the only issues which still need to be resolved being: a lot more images are needed, the lede needs a rewrite, plus anything which comes up in comments here. My blurb (above) probably needs work as well.

Nomination
York Minster from M&S.JPG
  • Support as nominator.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:42, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Support --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:14, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. A really nice article, I looked at it until I could find something to complain about... and the airports in Get in need coordinates and the Drink section perhaps could use one more photo towards the end. ϒψιλον (talk) 15:47, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for your support and for trying so hard to find faults ;-) I definitely haven't finished adding photos, it's just that finding good quality ones which are suitable takes time.
About the airports, generally I don't put co-ordinates for locations not in or near the place covered in the article. Plus the IATA code links to the article which covers the airport in detail. Do you still think I should put in the co-ords? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:37, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
I have a habit of adding geo locations of important airports and other stations so that the traveller can visualize on the map where they will end up (relative to points of interest, hotels etc.) when they step off the vehicle. Do as you like. ϒψιλον (talk) 17:06, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
  • SupportGranger (talk · contribs) 14:13, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Support It will need to be checked shortly before featuring to update which events are still running, but it is a good article, and the main See listings are less likely to need major changes. The article makes we want to visit York again. AlasdairW (talk) 22:11, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

Tel Aviv[edit]

Place: Tel Aviv
Blurb: Israel's pulsating and liberal Mediterranean beach metropolis is a place for partying and beachgoing, and features some notable attractions from the country's modern history. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Oct-May (summer would be too hot, I think)
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:33, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Just upgraded this one to guide. The article looks comprehensive, the districts are all usable and many listings have been updated recently by Grahamsands. The See section in the main article is a bit unusual with bulleted lists and coordinatess for the top attractions. If needed, it shouldn't take very long to turn it into normal text.

Nomination
Tel Aviv Port Lowshot.jpg

Arequipa[edit]

Place: Arequipa
Blurb: Peru's second city and the world's alpaca capital is not only surrounded by volcanoes – its colonial old town is largely built of volcanic rock (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any (almost the same weather around the year), but schedule-wise optimal during Northern Hemisphere winter
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:18, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Let's feature an article from Peru on the Main Page again! I cleaned up the article and ran listings through Google Maps a while back with the intention of nominating it for DotM.

Nomination
Plaza de Arequipa.jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:18, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Support, though does need some work of course. Having only looked at the first sections, it strikes me that the 'Get in - By bus' section is beautifully detailed (though will need checking to verify prices / companies' continued existence), but the other subsections could do with filling out a bit. In 'Understand', it says "In the winter it is warmer than in the summer", which strikes me as unusual, and could do with elaboration. I have added a couple of hidden comments about ambiguous prices too: a few stray $ signs where it's not clear whether we're talking soles or U.S. dollars; the price of Excluciva buses.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:26, 3 February 2020 (UTC)
Sol is one of the few currencies in the Americas not using the "dollar sign", but the rather weird "S/.". And as in developing countries in general, and the Americas in particular, I've understood USD is widely used for expensive purchases and goods and services used by tourists. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:10, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
Okay, so it probably means dollars then. But I don't think mixing and matching is especially helpful. Perhaps all prices could be given in soles, with approximate dollar conversion in brackets? Or would people paying in dollars actually be paying more, either due to the exchange rate burden on locals or because foreigners are assumed to be able to afford it? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:04, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
No idea, but in developing countries it's not uncommon that tourists are expected to pay in hard currency (and often also a higher price even if in the same currency, I've run into this in many Indian articles for example) and places mostly catering to foreign tourists often have their prices listed in USD (for instance Holiday Inn in Montevideo had this policy in 2014, and if you wanted to pay in pesos, the price was calculated according to the exchange rate of the day). Uruguay is certainly not a developing country, though, but a bit poorer than Western European countries (GDP per capita on par with Hungary and Latvia), but they do seem have a high inflation so... Ypsilon (talk) 19:48, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
Indeed. Still, we have some ridiculously well-travelled individuals here who may shed some light on the specific situation in Peru.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:54, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
Granger? --Ypsilon (talk) 20:12, 4 February 2020 (UTC)
I have a vague feeling that some hotel rates might have been in dollars in Peru, but I don't think I paid for anything in dollars. I remember being warned specifically not to use dollars to pay tips on the Inca Trail. Overall I have the feeling dollars were less used in Peru than in Uruguay, but I didn't spend that much time in Peru and it was a while ago so I'm not sure. I have a friend who spent a few months in Peru (mostly Lima and the Sacred Valley) - I'll ask what he thinks. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:13, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
My friend said at least in Lima and Cusco you can get dollars from ATMs (like in Uruguay). But he thinks not as many prices are listed in dollars as in Uruguay, and it's not that common to pay in dollars in Peru – touristy places in Cusco accept dollars, but at a bad exchange rate. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:18, 6 February 2020 (UTC)

Dunedin[edit]

Place: Dunedin
Blurb: Late 19th century architecture, student life, and a scenic coastline await you in this New Zealand city with a proud Scots heritage and what used to be the world's steepest street! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: maybe Nov-Mar, according to table in w:Dunedin#Climate
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:48, 3 February 2020 (UTC)
Comment: I'm starting to think about next Northern Hemisphere winter's featured articles and here's a nice one from New Zealand. The article was very comprehensive but many listings lacked coordinates, and as I added them, other voyagers (especially AlasdairW but others also) noticed work was being done on the article and helped out expanding the article making it even better.

Nomination
Dunedin Railway Station2.jpg
  • Support - I'd say the article is complete and up to date. --Ypsilon (talk) 18:48, 3 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - I was last in Dunedin in late 2018, so I am confident it is reasonably up to date and accurate. I have a slight doubt about the intoduction to Eat-Budget as it looks too cheap, but Dunedin may be cheaper than average NZ prices. AlasdairW (talk) 23:59, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. The the "Understand" section could do with a little work (sub-headings/organization), but per AlasdairW's comment I support this nomination. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 11:28, 20 March 2020 (UTC)

Hamilton (Ontario)[edit]

Place: Hamilton (Ontario)
Blurb: Long known for its steel works, "The Hammer" has shed its Rust Belt image in favor of cultural attractions, specialty shopping, and natural beauty, with more than 100 waterfalls tumbling over the Niagara Escarpment inside the city limits. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: May-Oct
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 21:37, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
Comment: As discussed in Quebec City's soon to be slushed nomination, this could be a good replacement.

Nomination
HamiltonOntarioSkylineC.JPG
  • Still needs a little work, I just added some photos, but listings that are out of business need to be deleted, as usual. Also Sleep could use some more listings. --Ypsilon (talk) 21:37, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Almost — some more coordinates are needed, but otherwise, I support this nomination. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:09, 28 March 2020 (UTC)

Johor Bahru[edit]

Place: Johor Bahru
Blurb: Fast growing, and home to many cultures, there are lots of fun activities and culinary experiences in this royal city (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: It's about equally wet and warm around the year, but Jan-Feb and Jun-Sep are a bit dryer
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:28, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Speaking of articles to run in the winter, this is a very informative article that a contributor User:Chongkian has worked actively on for the last years, so it definitely should be showcased on the Main Page. I just added coordinates to listings that lacked them. Speaking of listings, there are quite many of them so the article perhaps needs to be districtified, perhaps not.

Nomination
Johor Bahru city in 2015.jpg
  • Support - as said, very informative article (perhaps even too much?) --Ypsilon (talk) 18:28, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment - I'm moving house, so my presence on Wikivoyage will be reduced for the next few days to a week, so I likely won't have time to examine this article and register a support/oppose vote until things settle down in my life. However, it's worth noting that Johor Bahru was slushed back in 2013. Though I too have been following Chongkian's diligent work and I imagine most of the article's previous shortcomings have been addressed, it might be worthwhile to review the feedback from its earlier nomination to see where further improvements might be warranted. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 04:10, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • What a time to move! Stay safe, and good luck with the new place! Ikan Kekek (talk) 05:26, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Indeed. We signed the lease, put the security deposit down, sent 30 days' notice to our current landlord, and only then did all hell break loose. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 06:19, 29 March 2020 (UTC)
Wow... moving is stressful and time-consuming even under normal circumstances without having to worry about yourself or someone close to you getting sick or authorities suddenly shutting down places and restricting movement. Take your time and I hope everything goes well. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:11, 30 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - This article have details of the place. Personally, after reading this article, I've made up my mind to visit this place once I'm in Johor.CyberTroopers (talk) 14:56, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - I once visited this place with User:Chongkian, and I will say that this place is out of ordinary place to visit. So, it is worth it to be placed as Destination of the Month. SNN95 (talk) 22:35, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - Johor Bahru is a very underrated city which no one knows much about it. In reality, the city has been undergoing extreme transformation over the past 10 years with many construction, modernization, clean up efforts are taking place each day. It has now equally been equally developed throughout its whole area (with many dining, shopping, recreation, night life, sports, culture, history, nature etc), not just at the old city center area along Wong Ah Fook street, that's just probably only 5% of what the city is about today. Chongkian (talk) 09:39, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Very nearly - I have gone through this article with a fine-tooth comb, and most of the issues that were described last time Johor Bahru was nominated have been fixed. I haven't been tracking the changes, but judging by the comments made back in 2013, this has come on leaps and bounds.
The one major thing that remains from before is the article is still quite long. I believe our standards have shifted somewhat since 2013 such that the article would no longer qualify as "too long" (as they said), but having said that, it may be worth considering whether it wouldn't be better to split it into four districts, per the 'Areas' listed near the top. The spread of listings seems fairly even across the city, so there should be enough content for each new article. But I'd love to know what others think about this, particularly Chongkian.
Another thing which needs some attention is that not all of the listings have basic details like opening hours and a brief description; the vast majority do, which is great, but this needs to be consistent, even if a listing has to say "no official opening hours, but generally open at these times..." Some listings which just say "science center" or "Chinese restaurant" either need more detail, or if there's nothing more to say, we should delete them for being too boring.
In an article this good, there are also some nitpicks, which would be nice to fix, but not necessary for featuring:
  • The spelling is all over the place; whether British or American spelling is used seems random, rather than a conscious choice (one particularly jarring listing has "Convention Centre" in its name, but "convention center" a few words later. Just pick one spelling system and use it consistently.
  • I would personally like an introduction to typical local foods at the top of the 'Eat' section, and recommended things to buy at the top of the 'Buy' section.
  • The 'Drink' section mentions a tax-free area (The ZON), which also says you have to pay a customs fee when leaving the area. How much is this fee? Does it offset any saving you make on the drinks, or is the "duty free' schtick basically just a con to get you to spend more?
  • There are a lot of listings without an official website linked. Where a venue has a site or a social media account, this should be listed.
All in all, an excellent article, well-written, and the fact the main author is a local is obvious (in a very good way). If I ever visit the region again, I'll be sure to check out Johor Bahru! Hope my feedback is constructive.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 14:49, 4 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - It's a well-written article, with a lot of local knowledge going to it. I'll be sure to try to squeeze in a trip across the border the next time I go back to Singapore, and I'd certainly recommend visitors to Singapore to hop across the border too if they have the time. The dog2 (talk) 02:09, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

Colombo[edit]

Place: Colombo
Blurb: Sri Lanka's largest city is a lively place and a stepping stone to the rest of the island. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: per the climate chart Dec-Mar, Jun-Aug
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 20:30, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Sri Lanka is the last South Asian country from where we've never featured anything. The article for Colombo was, like many articles from that corner of the world, informative but a bit disorganized and lacking coordinates, so I took care of that a while ago. Would make a nice (Northern Hemisphere) winter feature.

Nomination
20160122 Sri Lanka 3598 Colombo sRGB (25649972102).jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 20:30, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Looks like it might need some minor copyedits, but that's not enough to preclude me voting support now. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 04:05, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Not just yet, though I agree it contains a lot of good material & could make a fine feature. However, unlike Andre, I'm not sure the work required is "minor". See my comments starting at Talk:Colombo#District_numbers. Pashley (talk) 15:53, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Not yet - I think the Understand section can be a little longer. Also, is there any flight to Hambantota airport? It has been referred to as the world's emptiest international airport. Hanif Al Husaini (talk) 06:06, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

Oaxaca (city)[edit]

Place: Oaxaca (city)
Blurb: A colorful colonial city, Oaxaca also retains some of its pre-Columbian heritage. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Nov-Apr is the dry season
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 13:18, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Time for another of StellarD's Mexican articles. A while back I added a couple of coordinates, photos from Commons and some other stuff. Should be good to go sometime next winter.

Nomination
Colonial Oaxaca.jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 13:18, 2 May 2020 (UTC)

Nominations for Off the Beaten Path[edit]

Faaborg[edit]

Place: Faaborg
Blurb: With its iconic medieval clock tower and cobblestone streets, this small Danish village bursts into life in the summer. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Jun-Sep
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:53, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
Comment: A summer destination for the OtBP section, almost entirely written by Ydrassil whom I welcomed to Wikivoyage a little less than a year ago. So the article should be up to date and it looks like it covers this little town quite well. And there are no major formatting issues.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 18:53, 11 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Support because the article includes plenty of options for tourists, from airports in Faaborg#Get in to restaurant listings later in the article. Many listings have quite detailed descriptions. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:28, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Apia[edit]

Place: Apia
Blurb: Samoa's sleepy capital was home to Robert Louis Stevenson in the last years of his life, and today is home to colorful markets and a deep marine reserve. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Apr-Oct is the drier part of the year
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:47, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Another one of the articles that have been on my nomination bucket list for a long time. It was already guide and as you can see in the article history I've updated some stuff as of lately.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 19:47, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
  • I haven't cross-examined it, but it looks okay. I give it the rating of needs work: I think it violates Wikivoyage:Avoid negative reviews by painting a somewhat negative picture of the city, and it could do with more detailed information about various aspects of life there. What does exist is a decent start. The quality of writing could be upgraded a bit in places, and I think general improvements would be necessary before this gets featured on the main page. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:04, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
  • If the somewhat negative picture is justified, it doesn't violate those guidelines because it's about a destination, not a hotel or restaurant we could choose to simply not list. Ikan Kekek (talk) 16:59, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
That makes sense. It would be useful, if possible, to get the opinion of someone who's been to the city, but I can understand that that might not be possible. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:18, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

Karakol[edit]

Place: Karakol
Blurb: At the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan is the unexpected setting where you'll find this relic of Imperial Russia — onion-domed churches, brightly-painted wooden houses and all. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Jun-Aug per w:Karakol#Climate
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:47, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Here's something unusual, a fairly comprehensive Central Asian article, thanks to the work of Ceever and others. Some sections might look a bit short, but as this is a smaller city in a low-income country I would imagine most places to Eat, Drink and Buy are rather basic and similar to each other.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 19:47, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. Actually Karakol is the most touristy destination in Kyrgyzstan after Bishkek. So, I don't know whether "off-the-beaten-track" really fits. But if you tell me, where additional work could help, I can plunge forward. Cheers Ceever (talk) 15:56, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
How much tourism is there to that region, though? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:58, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
Quite. The whole of Kyrgyzstan is off-the-beaten-track for most tourists.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 17:34, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Weak support. The article is good overall and contains plenty of detail in some sections. However, this detail needs to be more evenly spread across the article. As it is, it's not. Therefore, work would be appreciated, but I think it's just about good enough to feature. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:53, 26 March 2020 (UTC)

Crawford (Nebraska)[edit]

Place: Crawford (Nebraska)
Blurb: Once a wild and rowdy frontier town, the nearby Fort Robinson is today a museum and there are many natural attractions nearby. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: The place really has continental climate, per climate-data.org, so summer but maybe not mid-summer. I'd say May-Jun or Sep-Oct.
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 21:00, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Here's a nice article from a lesser-traveled corner of the U.S. for the early fall 2020. I guess there's nothing in this small town that's not already in the article (I added some coords a while ago and checked that everything was still in business).

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 21:00, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment - nothing wrong with the article, but the place seems a bit dull. Maybe this is because the article is quite short, with few details in the listings, or maybe it's because there isn't much to see or do.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:50, 24 November 2019 (UTC)
One cannot expect too much of a town of 1000 inhabitants, I guess, though the fort has an article in WP, perhaps there's something interesting we could bring over. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:21, 14 December 2019 (UTC)

Diablo Range[edit]

Place: Diablo Range
Blurb: California's Diablo Range, with Mount Diablo, reservoirs, and rugged terrain, but also oak trees on rolling hills, is an enjoyable destination for both serious hikers and casual tourists. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide-level extraregion (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: in preparation for early summer and autumn (perhaps a month's feature in March or September would work); however, there is no need to plan ahead long-term as there are plenty of hotels available in the region
Nominated by: --Comment by Selfie City (talk) 23:39, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
Comment: I understand this has to wait, but that's fine as long as the wildfires don't destroy it! This is a park article; however, it is not one particular park; I used that category because I did not want to make it an extraregion

Nomination
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  • I haven't looked closely enough to support or oppose yet, but it looks like it should be otbp rather than dotm. Not a famous destination, and the lead says "it rarely gets deserved attention from either tourists or locals". —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:24, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
  • The article itself looks good, maybe a photo or two could be added to some sections. As Granger just said, if the park doesn't see many visitors, we should run the article OtBP.
Another thing: in the Do section there's Henry W. Coe State Park linked, but that article is just at outline status. On the other hand, this isn't a region article and the State Park isn't categorized below this article so I'm not sure if the rule that everything below has to be at least at usable status applies here. --Ypsilon (talk) 09:43, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
  • What about the Get in section? Is there any other way of getting into the park without a car? If no public transport, then are there no bus excursions from nearby towns? Local taxi firms that can offer trips? Cycle paths or hiking trails? If it really is impossible to get there without driving yourself, then you need to be more emphatic than just "You'll want to enter the range by car." --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 12:10, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Really interesting article—kudos to User:SelfieCity for all the hard work putting it together. I have to say not yet because of some significant issues that need to be addressed.
I agree with User:ThunderingTyphoons! about the "Get in" section. Wikivoyage:Guide articles says "Not only would you not need to consult another guide, you'd really have no reason to want to: it's all here." But if I was considering a trip to the Diablo Range, my immediate thought on reading the "Get in" and "Get around" sections would be "Huh, I'd better do some more research."
I'm also not really clear on what kind of article this is. The markers on the map cover a huge area that includes several cities and parks that we have separate articles for. Should this really be a park, or would it be better as an extraregion? SelfieCity, you said "I did not want to make it an extraregion", but I don't really understand why. If it's a park article, then we need to clarify what area it covers and how it relates to the other cities and parks nearby, and it needs listings in the "Eat", "Sleep", and perhaps some other sections. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:35, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for all the thoughts! Well, I guess I have some things to explain — here we go:
@Mx. Granger: Why I didn't make it an extraregion — extraregions are extremely limiting; see Tri-Valley. As this mountain range could be treated as one destination, but can't (?) be a region of its own, it felt that the "park" rating was suitable. Quite a few of the parks in the Diablo Range (Dublin Hills, Brushy Peak, Del Valle, Ohlone, Mission Peak, Sunol, and Vargas) are all managed by the East Bay Regional Park District. There are a few important destinations in the Diablo Range that aren't within the EBRPD, including Mount Diablo and the Pinnacles. However, these ought to be mentioned as they are two of the most, if not the most, important destinations in the range. As I see it, the Diablo Range can be treated as one.
@ThunderingTyphoons!: "Get in" — no public transport as far as I know. I know that's hard to understand, especially if you're from a country or region where public transport is the way to get around. Yes, taxis would work, but isn't that WV:Obvious. I can give taxis a mention, however.
@Ypsilon: One thing I can definitely do is add more photos. Thanks for askinga bout that.
I understand the categorization is unusual, and I'm not sure how I can explain it, but I thought that by treating this whole region as one large park, it could work. I think it does — I'm sure, however, I can work on some details in the meantime! --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:15, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
Just re one of the points you made, the existence of taxi companies may be obvious, but echoing Granger's comments, we shouldn't be leaving it to travellers to find out for themselves the names of those companies, how to contact them, and a ballpark cost (even if just the meter rate, or however it works).
I have a personal dislike of extraregions, except when there's no other way, so I hope you can manage to define this park's boundaries a bit clearer.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:19, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
If the article is turned into an extraregion, that could mean some problems as we don't seem to have any article status policies for them and I can't remember if we've ever featured one... --Ypsilon (talk) 18:39, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
Exactly, Ypsilon. That's a major reason why I chose to make it a park article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:41, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
Extraregions can be extensive—see Lake Baikal or Dead Sea (Israel and the West Bank). To me this article looks like it might be a very well developed, detailed extraregion.
Or maybe it should be a travel topic? This article doesn't cover everything about the area in question, but rather focuses on hiking and other outdoor recreation. "You can throw public transport right out" isn't true for all travellers to cities in this area, but maybe it is true for getting to the hiking trails. @SelfieCity: am I on the right track here? Or is this a park article that's very unclear about the location of the park? Or is it supposed to be some kind of superpark that includes lots of other parks and cities which have their own articles? —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:48, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
I'm fine with any category except extraregion, as an extraregion cannot have a status. Generally, due to concerns of scope, and therefore, deletion, I'm not into travel topics, but I don't take an issue with this article being made one, and I'll continue to work on it when time allows. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:57, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
I don't think there's any good argument why extraregions should not have article statuses or otherwise be treated differently from any other destination article. You can break down countries or states or cities in any number of different ways for Wikivoyage purposes - that's the whole reason why we discuss regionalization/districtification on article talk pages, rather than just doing it unilaterally - and just because a particular region doesn't fit into the hierarchy we've arbitrarily chosen doesn't mean it's not still a perfectly cohesive entity that's useful for travellers. I think what we ought to do is not force Diablo Range into a category where it doesn't belong just so we can say it's allowed to be OtBP, but rather to change our policy regarding extraregions to allow them to have article status and to be featured on the Main Page. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:54, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
I disagree somewhat with the idea that all extraregions should have statuses. Some extraregion articles are really just disambig pages with a bit of explanation and should never be expanded. So what status do we give those? See Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea for such examples, and then consider how much more the Empty Quarter article could be expanded. I think what we might want to do with extraregion articles is informally agree on a status that's noted on their talk pages. Clearly, we wouldn't want to feature Persian Gulf. Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:02, 18 December 2019 (UTC)
I agree with Ikan Kekek (assuming I'm understanding you correctly). We don't need to give extraregions official statuses, but we can feature them on the main page when we have consensus that they're at an appropriate level of completeness. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:38, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
That's a good idea. However, the text of the extraregion template may need to be adjusted. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:12, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
  • For now, I've made it an extraregion. We can change that, of course, in the long term, but as that's where we are the closest to consensus, I've adjusted the template at the bottom of page to the extraregion template. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 19:52, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support as otbp. Thanks for clarifying the type of article. The transportation information has been improved—still has room for improvement, but I think it's good enough for featuring. Given how car-centric most of the U.S. is, I'm not surprised that public transport isn't an option. Another photo or two towards the beginning of the article wouldn't hurt. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:16, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
Agreed, and I have no issue with this being OTBP. I've been busy lately, though less so over Christmas, so I haven't been doing doing so much work on the Diablo Range article. (I've actually been spending quite a lot of time on WP.) I hope to keep developing this Diablo Range article, however. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:11, 3 January 2020 (UTC)
  • In these edits, I've added information about the boundaries of the mountain range. Feel free to tell me if you think it should be expanded or clarified in some way. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 11:57, 4 January 2020 (UTC)
I've also moved the discussion to OTBP per above. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 02:30, 5 January 2020 (UTC)

Nkhata Bay[edit]

Place: Nkhata Bay
Blurb: Lake Malawi is what this little village is all about; laying on the beach, diving, feeding fish eagles, enjoying a fish meal and watching the sunset. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: May-Nov
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:21, 14 December 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Wow, there's soon been 5 full years since I translated and cleaned up this little article. So while it probably covers most of what the village has to offer (or did in January 2015) it's possibly to outdated and could use some updates closer to the time we run it. Also some POIs have been added afterwards that need coordinates.

Nomination
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  • Conditional support - needs those updates, probably best a few months or weeks before it will be featured. Ypsilon (talk) 19:21, 14 December 2019 (UTC)
  • I had the same concern as Ypsilon has had when I looked at the article history. However, may I ask: who is going to do the updates? Unless someone is planning to visit the town, I'm unaware of any regular editors from that region who could make the necessary updates at the right time. (I'm not sure it's as simple as checking each business for a two reasons: 1) there are other parts of the article that may need updating and 2) some businesses might not have an online presence. I understand that this is a problem everywhere, but without local editors, this could be a problem. My current vote would be not yet, although I would love to see this article featured if it were possible. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:34, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
Online checking of content can take articles surprisingly far. --Ypsilon (talk) 16:44, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

Alcamo[edit]

Place: Alcamo
Blurb: Set among Sicilian vineyards and not far from the beaches, this town is packed with historical sights and festivals. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: The Understand section basically says "anytime". Climate-wise I think fall or spring are optimal for locations in southernmost Europe.
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:21, 14 December 2019 (UTC)
Comment: This amazing work by Pugliesig should've been on the Main Page long ago.

Nomination
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  • Very close - some See listings have short descriptions. Also many the listings seem to have been added in 2015, so this article too could have its listings run through e.g. Google Maps a few months or weeks before we put it on the Main Page. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:21, 14 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Almost. Some more coordinates would be useful on some listings, especially in #Get around. I'm also not sure that it's standard practice to have listings for emergency services, etc. in #Stay safe. Otherwise, though, let's see if we can get this one to feature quality. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:02, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Almost - aside from the issues mentioned by Ypsilon (I've dealt with the list of emergency services, keeping those which a visitor could conceivably need and removing the rest), the written English needs a bit of attention. If it was translated from Italian, I can see the translator's workings, so to speak.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 15:08, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

Brunswick (Maine)[edit]

Place: Brunswick, ME
Blurb: This little New England charmer boasts a historical setting, fine dining options, and lush countryside close at hand. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: May-Oct; but things are open year round here
Nominated by: ButteBag (talk)
Comment: I think this is pretty complete, and there was even a Commons user who had some great photographs I was able to make use of. Thanks!

Nomination
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  • Almost. Well-written article, and it seems to cover the destination well. A bunch of listings still need coordinates, but other than that it looks good to me. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:36, 17 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Close - Overall this is a good article for a small town but listings from Do onward need coordinates, there are places in Drink that are just mentioned but should be listingfied and finally a few Sleep listings lack descriptions. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:01, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Almost per others. ButteBag, if you know the area, which I assume you do, perhaps you could make the changes we've suggested. If so, I'm sure this would make a good featured article! --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:45, 26 March 2020 (UTC)

Iriomote[edit]

Place: Iriomote
Blurb: One of the few remaining great wildernesses of Japan, the jungles of Iriomote are also famous for the native wild cats. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Oct-Apr, perhaps. Yaeyama Islands#Climate says the archipelago is a "popular winter getaway"
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 14:40, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
Comment: One of our many guide articles from Japan, and updated by Douglaspperkins some months ago. Was already a guide so I guess the article is good to go.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 14:40, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. Although it's not long, I doubt length is necessary in this case. The article seems to be entirely appropriate for the (small, it sounds like) destination, with a limited number of listings that provide good details rather than an overwhelming number of listings without detail. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:04, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Question - Is it a good idea for us to feature two of the Yaeyama Islands? Please note that Taketomi was OtBP in November, 2014. That's almost 6 years ago, and it might not matter, anyway, but it pays for us to at least be aware of this and consider it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:49, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
We've been featuring Chicago districts two years apart uncontroversially, and dive sites in South Africa at the same interval. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:56, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I don't think it's a problem, as there have been so many years between them (Yonaguni was DotM in March 2006 so this would be our third feature from there) and we've been featuring articles (districts and itineraries) from the same city within with two years between them. --Ypsilon (talk) 21:00, 27 March 2020 (UTC)
OK, considered and resolved. Thanks, guys. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:40, 27 March 2020 (UTC)

New Smyrna Beach[edit]

Place: New Smyrna Beach
Blurb: This Florida coastal city has one of the best surf beaches in the world, but also attracts visitors with its subtropical flora, dining areas, parks, and unusual history. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: winter per Wikivoyage talk:Destination of the month candidates#Discussion from Quebec City's nomination
Nominated by: --Comment by Selfie City (talk
Comment: This has already been discussed at the link above, but I feel it's now about the appropriate time to nominate for OTBP. The reasoning provided there is that this is a good opportunity to feature a U.S. destination during the winter, rather than summer, which is when most Northern Hemisphere destinations are featured. I plan to continue improving this article, but I think it is either in or is close to a state in which it can be nominated for OTBP.

Nomination
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  • Very close - otherwise a good article, but a few listings (especially in Sleep) have no descriptions. If possible they should have a line or two, other than that I'd be ready to support the article. --Ypsilon (talk) 20:04, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Very close. Like Ypsilon said, ideally the Sleep listings should have descriptions. Other than that, looks ready to go. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:46, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

Torres del Paine National Park[edit]

Place: Torres del Paine National Park
Blurb: Iconic mountain formations, glaciers, lakes and grasslands await you in this national park at the southern end of the Americas. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Austral summer (Northern winter)
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 20:28, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Dropping another (Northern Hemisphere) winter article here. It was in a pretty good shape (and has been regularly updated by new users) so I took the liberty of promoting it to guide status a while ago after adding some coords.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 20:28, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Close. The lodges contain no description or other information whatsoever. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:48, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Porto da Cruz[edit]

Place: Porto da Cruz
Blurb: Particularly great for surfers and hikers, this village on Madeira's backside surprisingly also boasts some industrial heritage. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any, but Northern winter and early spring is the high season
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:54, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Given how many (European) visitors travel to the Canary Islands and Madeira to escape the winter, how is it possible that we've never featured anything from this corner of the world!? This is another article that was in a decent shape when I found it and have been improving and updating it little by little, adding things like geo coordinates and a couple of places that wasn't listed. I'd say everything about this village is mentioned in the article now.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 18:54, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Nominations for Featured travel topic[edit]

Rail travel in the Netherlands[edit]

Place: Rail travel in the Netherlands
Blurb: The efficient Dutch rail network sets the standard for the future of rail travel, with (among other innovations) a completely paperless ticketing system — and it's a superlative choice for getting around the country. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any time but December, preferably around September 20th, 2019 (180th anniversary).
Edit: I understand that September 2019 may cause problems. Other dates of importance in the upcoming five years are:

  • December 2018; Sprinter Nieuwe Generatie put in service (same issue; too soon).
  • Early 2021; Intercity Nieuwe Generatie put in service.
  • In general, September is my preferred month for featuring since the anniversary of the Dutch railway network is in that month. March of 2022 is also fine by me (182½ year anniversary).
  • August 2021; 25 years since the first concession of the Dutch railways.

I am well aware that the feature date doesn't need to have a reason behind it, but I recon it might as well. Don't limit yourself to the dates above, but rather consider them.
Nominated by: Wauteurz (talk) 14:22, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Comment: The article may need some touching up here and there as most information in the article has come from me, but content-wise I believe that nothing is missing and the article is therefore a good candidate for FTT.

Nomination
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I should say, though, this is an exceptionally good article and I support its eventually being run as a feature. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 15:18, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I don't think there is a problem to run Rail travel in Germany perhaps already in August 2018, especially as RtiG is a topic and not a place. In that way this could be featured in September 2019 as desired, "only" 20 months from now. ϒpsilon (talk) 18:12, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Support — I've noticed you working on this one over the last several months and it's looking very informative. At least at a quick glance I can't really find anything wrong with it. ϒpsilon (talk) 18:17, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Minor language and possible "nerding out" issues (for which I am the wrong person to judge them) aside, there is nothing to preclude my support for this feature and thanks to Wauteurz for some amazing work. As the user who nominated rail travel in Germany, I would have no qualms moving it around if this article could then be featured on a date that fits better. Just please don't feature either in December, as that is the European schedule change. Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:52, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Weak Support, some essential details need finetuning - the article is thoroughly written but some of the more practical information is not entirely spot on, i.e. information about gates is too general, there is no information present about the surcharge for tickets purchased at the counter, no correct information present about the cost if you check in and check out after a certain time at the same station, information about opening train doors and onboard announcements is very specific to some of the rolling stock but wrong for others. In general, quite a large part of the article is written towards railway enthousiasts with a lot of technical details, but less towards the average tourist who travels on the train for the first time in the Netherlands. --WallyTheWalrus (talk) 23:42, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
  • Support, although there are some issues with red links. Selfie City (talk) 04:26, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Can you elaborate on 'issues with redlinks' so that I can fix it? I am aware that I've left a few (somewhere around ten) redlinks in the article, and I would assume the issue is them being linked to in the first place?
-- Wauteurz (talk) 15:29, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
Rail_travel_in_the_Netherlands#Expansion_and_boom is one example, but there are several parts of the article that seem to abound in red links. Also, I'm not crazy about red-colored listings. Selfie City (talk) 22:44, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
  • Soon 1.5 years since the article was nominated and it will not appear on the Main Page before at the very earliest spring 2020. Now when there are enough nominees to take us through the next winter, I've been starting thinking about suitable spring and summer articles and one good candidate would be E11 hiking trail, of which a part goes through the Netherlands. If the rail article is going to wait until September 2020 (the nominator said September would be the "preferred month"), let alone until 2021 or 2022 (in which case we should probably store it away like London/Hampstead or Along the Magnificent Mile) I think I'll nominate E11, otherwise not. Ypsilon (talk) 05:46, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
On the draft schedule I keep on my thumb drive at home, I have this article in the August 2020 slot. I'm uncomfortable holding it off longer than that without any good reason. Ypsilon, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't nominate E11 for a 2020 feature, especially if only part of it is in the Netherlands. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 13:31, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
  • E11 has been slushed, so where will this article stand now? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:24, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Nuvola apps 2 cookie.png Happy Birthday, nomination! It's not very often an article gets to spend two years on the nominations page and still having several months until its featured – I think this might even be a new record! Congrats!
Seriously, though, the article should be checked through a month or so before it goes on the Main Page, because there's a good chance that parts of it aren't up to date any longer. --Ypsilon (talk) 20:37, 24 January 2020 (UTC)

Scuba diving[edit]

Place: Scuba diving
Blurb: As Disney's The Little Mermaid taught us: "Darling, it's better down where it's wetter: under the sea." (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 17:44, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Extensive article, at least to someone not familiar with diving. Peter and Graham worked extensively on the article a few months ago, and could probably help if there's something important missing.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:44, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Why not? Pretty extensive even to divers, but the non-diver's eye could spot things we would miss. I will give it another read and keep a lookout for any recommendations, queries, errors and omissions. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 18:16, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, largely per User:Pbsouthwood. I think his support vote largely confirms that this should be used as a featured travel topic in the future. The article's formatting style is a little overwhleming, but that should not affect an FTT choice that is good otherwise. Some country sections are a little thin, but I think there's probably not too much to say for some countries, so the article is good and appropriate for the nomination. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:47, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Support, but there is room for improvement. I have never dived, so I don't know how accurate the article is, but it looks good. The table of contents is non-standard - a FTT may be the first article that a reader sees on the site, so I would prefer the standard banner TOC. The article is lacking in cost information, "you can expect to pay upwards of US$100 for two dives" in Japan, but how much is it elsewhere? Somebody new to the sport should be able to get an idea of how the costs of a diving trip would compare to skiing. The country information is a little thin, and doesn't really give enough to choose a shortlist of countries to investigate, maybe the Continent introductory paragraphs could have some comparisons in terms of facilities, popularity, price and safety. AlasdairW (talk) 21:36, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
    • The article is realistic on the actual topic, without going into a lot of detail as it is not a training manual or an encyclopedia.( I have written those too) Graham pruned a lot of the excess details and we summarised the country listings. Prices should be in the country listings, and even there are highly variable and depend to a large degree on how much gear you rent.
    • Country information is as you say a bit thin, but it is what we have. I have not dived in many countries, and much of the diving I did was not mainstream tourist stuff anyway, so I hesitate to go into much detail where I have no personal experience. It is possible to scrape the net for information and try so sift out the reality from the fluff, but almost everything written on the topic of dive tourism is promotional or written by people who have been there once and have little experience diving at other places to compare. I don't know how much of a problem this should be.
    • If you can make the standard banner TOC work for this, go ahead. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 05:54, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
I should have mentioned myself that I have never dived, either, and thank you for the information. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:46, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
If there are things missing you think would be helpful to you as a non-diver, ask on the talk page, they maybe worth including. • • • Peter (Southwood) (talk): 05:54, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Chinese cuisine[edit]

Place: Chinese cuisine
Blurb: Sample a culinary tradition that's rich, ancient, and diverse enough to match the country where it originated. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:30, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
Comment: Just promoted to Guide, and nominating as suggested on the talk page. I think this would be our first "cuisine" feature.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. On a topic like this, there's always more that could be added, but this article gives a solid introduction to the topic and a good survey of well-known dishes. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:30, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. I agree. Granger and TheDog2 in particular have done great work on this article. Various other people including me have chipped in where we could. Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:22, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. On a glance it looks good, presenting different regional cuisines, notable ingredients and dishes and etiquette. Maybe one thing that could be added would be meals and meal times in China — is breakfast in general heavy or light, at what time is dinner usually eaten and such. Or are there big differences between different parts of the country also in this aspect?
I'm not too familiar with Chinese cuisine, but luckily many fellow Wikivoyagers are, and if you'd say the article covers all important parts of Chinese cuisine, then we should definitely present it on the Main Page. Ypsilon (talk) 18:53, 5 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support per User:Ypsilon. It looks like an excellent article. Those who are writing the article could consider, however, writing a "stay healthy" section and then moving the infobox there (to me, the infobox seemed misplaced). I thought the infobox was very entertaining. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 11:31, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. Generally a good article, but a few points could be looked at: "Dietary restrictions" has nothing about sugar in savoury dishes (common when Chinese dishes are served in the UK, but I don't know what the situation is in China) - Travelling on a low-carbohydrate diet has some advice which could maybe adapted. There is nothing about tipping. AlasdairW (talk) 20:26, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
    I've added two sentences about tipping. In my experience, sweet main courses aren't as common in China as they are in American Chinese restaurants, though they do exist in Zhejiang, Shanghai, and Cantonese cuisine. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:32, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
    Add Jiangsu to that too. Suzhou and Wuxi have some signature dishes that are sweet, which includes the Wuxi version of xiaolongbao. The dog2 (talk) 17:54, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
Wuxi spareribs also include sugar. Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:10, 27 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. Admittedly, a little more work could perhaps be done to expand on it, and I've tried to add a little more detail myself, but I think it's more or less ready to be featured. And this would also be a good educational article that can showcase the sheer diversity of Chinese cuisine that many Westerners are not aware of (though to be fair, we Asians also tend to make the same types of overgeneralisations about American cuisine). The dog2 (talk) 00:48, 29 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Enthusiastic support. A well-developed article about a cuisine that's way more artful, nuanced, etc. than it's portrayed in Western culture. Thank you to everyone who made this article what it is. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 16:19, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

The Wire Tour[edit]

Place: The Wire Tour
Blurb: Are you a fan of the TV-series The Wire? Then this grand tour of filming locations all over Baltimore is definitely something for you. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: according to Baltimore's DotM nomination Mar-May or Sep-Nov (midsummer is very hot and muggy)
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 14:13, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
Comment: I'm not familiar with these tv series either, but the article is at guide status, looks pretty extensive and has many static maps. If you're familiar with the series and notice the article needs improvement, by all means go ahead and do so. It was mostly written back in the Wikitravel days ten years ago, but itineraries doesn't get old in the same way that destination articles do.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 14:13, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Support: Looks outstanding. I'm not sure why (as it seems) no-one has nominated this for Star. Ikan Kekek (talk) 14:38, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment: I haven't seen the series, as it only had very limited airing in the UK, but it looks a good article. However, the itinerary is not likely to mean much to readers who haven't seen most of the series. The Wire was first on air over ten years ago. It is regularly repeated on major TV channels? Has it been shown much outside North America? Otherwise I think that we may be nearly 10 years too late in featuring this. AlasdairW (talk) 23:08, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
Half a year ago we ran Seinfeld Tour, whose last episode aired in 1998, so I don't think it'd be a problem. Also, the series are very likely available online. Ypsilon (talk) 23:17, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

Horse racing[edit]

Place: Horse racing
Blurb: Watching, cheering for and betting on racing horses has been a popular pastime for centuries. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:48, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
Comment: This one was already a guide, I added a couple of listings and photos from Commons. Should be good to go, I guess?

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 18:48, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. The list of destinations, however, should be in bullets, I believe. We ought to get a support vote from someone who is very familiar with this topic. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:20, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment I would like to see what @Ikan Kekek, The dog2, ShakespeareFan00, Dale Arnett: thinks. Personally, as so long as we can address any concerns other wikivoyagers might have, than I would give my support of the nomination. It's nice to get the mind off of COVID for a while, and see how far this article has came. :) Zanygenius2 (WV-en) (talk) 17:54, 15 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment - There's the small matter of addresses for listings being in the wrong format, with city, state abbreviation and zip code. I think that such specific addresses are an error in a worldwide topic, anyway, and that each listing should include only the name of the venue, the description and a Wikivoyage link to the article for the city it's in. Otherwise, the article looks quite extensive, and I'd be happy to support a feature after the listing format is cleaned up, if others who know more about horseracing approve. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:01, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Not yet. The listings need a bit of work. There is a lack of consistency in the formatting details. In some of the "Destinations", there is a link to the city in the title, in others it is in the text. Almost none of the museums link to a city. It may not be policy, but I think that Travel Topics should only list places which are listed in a city article, and should link to the city article for opening times etc. If it is not worth seeing when a general visitor is walking past, then it is not worth a specialist visitor flying around the world to see. There also appear to be errors in the museum listings, I have fixed a couple, but ideally all listings should be checked. AlasdairW (talk) 18:04, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Not yet per AlasdairW, and on a similar note, most of those external links should be internal links instead, with the websites only listed from the city page.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:12, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Response @Ypsilon, Ikan Kekek, AlasdairW, ThunderingTyphoons!: The gist of what I'm reading so far is (1) Use inline links on listings, and make them bulleted, and (2) Adjust the listing criteria for each track. Is that correct? By the way, although I'm not on WV often anymore, I am willing to adjust this as needed. Thanks, Zanygenius2 (WV-en) (talk) 20:05, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
As Thundering says above, inline links to the "Do" section for each relevant city (or, when relevant, district) article, not a link to the racetrack's website, which should be in the full listing in the linked Wikivoyage article. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:49, 16 April 2020 (UTC)
There will probably be as much or more work to do to the city articles to provide the details of the stadiums, museums etc. For example I failed to find the "People's Stadium" in Belize in the article for San Ignacio (Belize) which is where it is shown on the map, although I wonder if it should be in Orange Walk Town based on w:Orange Walk People's Stadium, but there is little information online. AlasdairW (talk) 22:18, 16 April 2020 (UTC)

Budget travel[edit]

Place: Budget travel
Blurb: Want to go on a trip but without breaking the bank? Check out this guide for some tips to cut your travel expenses! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:48, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Quite extensive article, some time ago I added some photos and upgraded it to guide. Can't come to think of anything important missing.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 18:48, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Not yet On a quick read, I did think that it was lacking in some areas. There is no mention of volunteering activities, which can sometimes be arranged with free accommodation or travel in exchange for a few hours helping. "Earn" doesn't say anything about the legal side of working away from home, maybe in a foreign country. Choosing a slightly different destination can have a major impact on costs - visit Manchester not London, Buffalo not New York etc. If you have a medical condition, the savings in health insurance can balance higher travel costs if you visit a country where you can use state hospitals. AlasdairW (talk) 00:28, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Not yet per Alasdair. Quality-wise, it's perfect, as any article that Ypsilon has "upgraded" would be, but the subject hasn't been fully covered. Also, following the same logic which only lets us have one phrasebook or cuisine every so often, there should be a fair gap between the current FTT, Flying on a budget, and this.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 21:26, 29 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Not yet per AlasdairW's accurate description of a major problem in the "earn" section, which should, considering the topic, be much more detailed assuming we keep this section (and I think we should). Close following AlasdairW's edits. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:20, 11 April 2020 (UTC)
I have added a couple of sentences on the paperwork for working, but this could be expanded. I have also added a short "Volunteer" paragraph. AlasdairW (talk) 20:22, 11 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! I've upgraded my vote from "not yet" to "close." --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:20, 11 April 2020 (UTC)

Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway[edit]

Place: Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway
Blurb: Come along on a road trip through Rust Belt history on the 1920s-era auto trail dubbed "America's Great Industrial Broadway". (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Northern Hemisphere summer or autumn, preferably the latter
Nominated by: AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:17, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
Comment: So I realize nominating an article in advance of reaching Guide status, rather than after the fact, isn't how we normally go about things with DotM. But we have a bit of an unusual situation here with regards to timing.

Finally - finally - I'm only a few days away from being completely finished updating our Buffalo content, after which I plan to reorganize the districts breakdown and we can finally have a Buffalo district article as DotM or OtBP, likely in summer 2021, by which time it will have been over four years since Buffalo had last appeared on the Main Page (Historic Churches of Buffalo's East Side was our March 2017 FTT). However, if we're to feature the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway in the autumn to take advantage of peak foliage (as I suggested we ought to), that leaves us with a rather narrow window in which to do that: we can either rush the nomination in time to make the schedule grid for September or October 2020, or else wait all the way until 2022. (Using as precedent Turku and King's Road, the latter a multi-city itinerary on which Turku was one of the stops, I'm okay with the idea of violating the "two years between featuring the same city" rule in that case, but would still prefer not to feature both in the same year.)

I hope that any concerns can be assuaged with the knowledge that this article has, in only a month's time, gone from being a bare-bones outline to nearly 137KB in length and by my estimation roughly two-thirds to three-quarters complete, and I expect to finish it before the beginning of summer 2020, let alone autumn. If you'd prefer to hold off on voting yea or nay until after that happens, that would be fine, but in advancing this nominee now I wanted to at least make sure Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway got on the schedule grid in 2020 before we ran out of available slots.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:17, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment: it's a great step-by-step itinerary, but it does need more to be a great article. The blurb you've provided above explains why we'd want to go there, but the article doesn't. I think History is needed. If the fall colours are a good reason, the article should say so, and tell readers the best spots for viewing them. Good work overall. Ground Zero (talk) 00:49, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
Ground Zero - The History section, along with all the other empty sections, are for the most part already extant, albeit in outline form and <!-- hidden from view -->. What I've been doing over the past month and am almost finished with is the real hard work of the article, researching tourist POIs and rehashing historical information about each town along the line. Once that's done, it's just a simple matter of converting bullet points to ordinary prose. I nominated the article now because I intend to place it on the September 2020 row of the schedule grid, which will be added when the next FTT goes on the Main Page on the 21st. As I said, I project the article will be complete in short order, though 10 days is pushing the envelope, I think. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:57, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Conditional support - except for some redlinks here and there, the description of the route itself looks good, and when the rest of the article is developed to the same level (or close to it) I'm happy to support the article.
Side note: there was actually more than two years between Turku (OtBP June 2015) and King's Road (FTT July 2017) - even if the two year limit starts from the last day Turku was on the Main Page before being replaced by July 2015's OtBP. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:46, 26 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Conditional support along with Ypsilon, per removal of red links and a complete article with all sections filled with useful content. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:17, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
  • It seems like there's some confusion regarding the presence of redlinks in an article vis-à-vis its fitness to be featured as DotM/OtBP/FTT. The only instance where this is true is in the case of Country, Region, or Huge City articles, for whom every article below it in the breadcrumb hierarchy (subregions, city districts) as well as all places listed in the "Cities" and "Other destinations" section must be Usable or better in order for the article to attain Guide status. But an itinerary article by definition has nothing below it in the breadcrumb hierarchy, and there's never been any proscription against redlinks that merely appear in inline text. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 19:49, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, it's not a big deal. I thought that a guide article was not allowed to have redlinks, or at least for sure that featured articles wasn't allowed to have redlinks. It also raises the question, "Why do those not have articles?" but then, they may be small villages. If they're just villages, IMHO, they don't need links at all. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:53, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Progress report - Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway now has fully developed "Understand" and "Get in" secions as well as a "Go" section that both "describes each stop [on the itinerary] and how to get there" and "suggests sights or side-trips along the way", and therefore it's now officially a Guide-level article per Wikivoyage:Itinerary status. There's still much work left to be done, notably a "Go next" section which I project will be quite detailed, so I would suggest that anyone who voted "conditional support" on this nomination hold off on reevaluating the article for the time being. However, I promised myself that once the article attained Guide status I could make up DotM banners for it, so please see Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates/Banners#Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway and let's hear what you have to say. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:04, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Progress report, Part 2 - The article is now complete. Ground Zero, Ypsilon, and SelfieCity, when you guys get the chance, if you could look over the guide and either upgrade your votes from conditional to full support, or else let me know what you feel the article is still missing. (Anyone else who wants to chime in with their thoughts, by all means.) -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:38, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I looked at it two days ago, before the 'Prepare' and 'Stay safe' sections had any content. Now that they've also been filled out, I can support this nomination. Considering most of it has been written since February, that's really good work.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:21, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support as this is now a good, detailed, well-developed article. Every destination along the road includes information that keeps the reader interested, wanting more, and while the red links I mentioned are still present, that's not the fault of this article, but the fact that no-one has created those articles yet. In fact, in some cases, if articles are started for those destinations, they could use content from this one with no harm done! --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:32, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Has the rest of the article developed to the same level as the route? Yes, definitely. So, as I promised, I'm happy to support the article. Ypsilon (talk) 20:37, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. I won't be able to read the whole article today, but I feel like that's not the point. It seems like an article to read in sections before each segment you drive, and since what I've already read is impressive and comprehensive like other articles mostly written by AndreCarrotflower, I have full confidence in the rest of it, though I'll skip through it a little now. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:54, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I have made some minor changes to the article, and raised some questions on the talk page. The only concern that I think really should be addressed before this can go ahead as a featured article is the use of red text. I think we should find a better way of achieving what Andre is trying to do here. But this is just a formatting issue that I'm sure we can work out. Ground Zero (talk) 12:45, 28 April 2020 (UTC)

Aviation history[edit]

Place: Aviation history
Blurb: Around the world there are museums and events where you can explore the past, present and future of flying. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 10:30, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Here's a flying article from a little different perspective. The article is quite extensive, and at the talk page there was even a suggestion to split it up by region. I do think the article could be featured in its current form, but I wouldn't be protesting if others would want to split it up. The event list was a little short, so I added some more of them, but as there are so many airshows around the world (though many scheduled for 2020 have been canceled or postponed for a certain reason...) I think we should include just the very biggest ones.

Nomination
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  • Support --Ypsilon (talk) 10:30, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support featuring this well-written, detailed article. There are a handful of listings which are short on information and/or lack co-ordinates. I think the article is the right length, but it would probably make sense to order by continent, rather than an alphabetical list of all the countries in the world.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:49, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. Excellent article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:32, 2 May 2020 (UTC)

On the trail of Kipling's Kim[edit]

Place: On the trail of Kipling's Kim
Blurb: Retrace the journey of Kim around the northern British Raj. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Northern Hemisphere winter maybe?
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:09, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: It's been a while since we featured something from India. An interesting itinerary, mostly written by Pashley that until recently lacked instructions for voyaging the route today. But I took care of that some time ago with the help of Indian Railways' website, so I think the article is ready for the Main Page.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:09, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Pashley (talk) 03:29, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

Czech phrasebook[edit]

Place: Czech phrasebook
Blurb: Planning a visit to Prague's old town, Plzen's breweries or maybe the Ore mountains? Czech out this phrasebook and learn some useful phrases for your trip! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:09, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: Early in the year we traditionally run a phrasebook as FTT. Here's one of our complete phrasebooks (with everything translated and transcribed). I just added some photos to give it a bit life.

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:09, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  • It seems to be the night of the terrible puns; a friend has just handed in his dissertation "H.C. Sprache: How the FPÖ used language during H.C. Strache's leadership to achieve their political aims" :D --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:38, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
Hardcore Sprache? --Ypsilon (talk) 04:37, 18 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support It looks good. I know some Czech, so I am reasonably confident that it doesn't have major errors. The question asking if the hotel room comes with bedsheets reminds me of some unmodernised Czech hotels in the nineties! AlasdairW (talk) 22:32, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. I don't speak Czech, but the article looks good to me. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:22, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

American cuisine[edit]

Place: American cuisine
Blurb: Savor the delights of one of the world's most diverse yet underrated culinary traditions. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: {{{status}}} (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: The dog2 (talk) 20:25, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: I know it has not been upgraded to guide yet, but I think it's pretty close to getting there with a few minor fixes (I'd be OK with promoting it as it is now, but there's still some opposition from the community). It's about time we showcase to the world that contrary to media stereotypes, the United States is in fact a worthy culinary tourism destination

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. The dog2 (talk) 20:25, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Close. Not nearly enough information about Native American cuisine and African American cuisine, but otherwise good. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:35, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment - Since Chinese cuisine is due for July-Aug, I imagine this article won't be featured before summer 2021, so plenty of time to expand and make sure it's eligible for featuring by being a Guide.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 21:20, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Needs a considerable amount of work. I went into the exact nature of that work in Talk:American cuisine#Upgrade to guide, but there hasn't been much progress since then. I would like to see this article on the Main Page, though - I agree with what the blurb says about its tendency to be underrated among world cuisines (though, side note, the U.S. spelling is "savor", without the U; I fixed it) - and maybe this nomination will be the kick in the pants I need to take matters into my own hands. I anticipate my activity level at Wikivoyage to increase after the end of the month, so we'll see if others get to it before I do. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 23:41, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment - It's definitely an extensive article, and I'm ready to support it when users who are more familiar with the details of the American cuisine will. And the article needs more photos. --Ypsilon (talk) 07:36, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

Driving in Norway[edit]

Place: Driving in Norway
Blurb: With many remote attractions and scenic roads, driving in Norway is not necessarily only a way to get off the beaten path in Norway but can be an experience in itself. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Summer probably, though Norway is also popular for winter sports so winter isn't entirely unthinkable
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 15:39, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
Comment: One of the best, if not the best driving article we haven't featured yet. It's probably not going to be featured before this time next year at earliest, but it's one of the articles I've really wanted to nominate for a long time (and before someone else nominates a "driving in" article in which case this would have to wait yet another year). It's definitely a comprehensive article, but the layout with tables and photos looks a bit weird here and there. Maybe we can also turn some of the many bullet points into normal paragraphs of text.

Nomination
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  • Very close per comment. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:39, 28 May 2020 (UTC)