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
October 2021 Beijing/Central Dongcheng - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Chavín de Huántar - pending stronger consensus to support Arriving in a new city - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support
November 2021 Alexandria - pending fixes (?) Gävle - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Pacific War - pending fixes
December 2021 Sydney - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Montserrat - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Public transit in Israel - pending stronger consensus to support
January 2022 Recife - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Mamallapuram - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Percy's Hole - pending stronger consensus to support
February 2022 Venice - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support Koror - pending stronger consensus to support Sinhala phrasebook
March 2022 Mui Ne - pending stronger consensus to support Alishan - pending fixes and stronger consensus to support European classical music - pending fixes and 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. In the schedule, use <s> and </s> to strikethrough the newly featured article. Remove the row from the table if the newly featured article is the FTT.
  9. 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]

Beijing/Central Dongcheng[edit]

Place: Beijing/Central Dongcheng
Blurb: From Tiananmen Square to Wangfujing street, much that draws visitors to Beijing can be found in Dongcheng. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: The best time to visit is in September and October, during the "Golden Autumn"
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 14:37, 24 November 2020 (UTC)
Comment: And as we've got started, why not think about something to place into October's DotM slot as well. This is a nice-looking article but a few coordinates are still missing, if there are closed businesses they should be deleted, and the Connect section needs some content.[]

Nomination
Great Hall of the People and Monument to the People's Heros, Tiananmen Square.jpg
  • Very close Ypsilon (talk) 14:37, 24 November 2020 (UTC)[]
  • Support SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 01:19, 28 February 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support (with minor fixes). I love the amount of detail in every listing of this article! --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:48, 21 July 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work quickly if it's to be done by Oct. The main issue is lack of date-stamps, so it's not obvious how current is the info. Grahamsands (talk) 14:17, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Alexandria[edit]

Place: Alexandria
Blurb: Egypt's window to the Mediterranean is truly a city with a history, and also famous for its seafood and long beach promenade - the Corniche. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Sep-Dec or Mar-May per the climate chart
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 16:16, 14 January 2021 (UTC)
Comment: And it's time to start thinking about articles to run towards the end of the year. A while ago (OK, almost a year ago when now looking at the article history) I cleaned up and updated some articles by adding coordinates and deleting closed listings, and Alexandria was one of them.[]

Nomination
Alexandria - 20080720e.jpg
  • Support as the nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 16:16, 14 January 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support, looks great. The lede is poor, but that just needs the attention of someone who knows the city.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:41, 19 February 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support, with some fixing of dead external links needed. Not far off star status and no doubt, a quality article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 19:38, 20 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support dead links need to be fixed. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 10:23, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Sydney[edit]

Place: Sydney
Blurb: Sydney, the icon of the Southern Hemisphere. Famous for its beaches, iconic harbour view and plenty of greenery. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: October-April or June
Nominated by: SHB2000 (talk) 05:58, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Great article and it's a great way to engage travellers from all over the country and New Zealand to come and visit the city. (or even the entire world if the borders open)[]

Nomination
Sydney Harbour Banner.jpg
  • Support as the nominator and resident. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 05:59, 11 February 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost support Extensive article, though there are a couple of things. Some districts in the district list are redlinks, and they need to be turned into articles if there are a few things that are of interest to visitors there, otherwise redirected or delinked. See and Do have "move to district" tags, this seems to have been (mostly) done but some parts – for example the beginning if See – is...rather bare-bones. Then, further down the article there are a few places where bullet points perhaps could be turned into normal text. Finally, and this is maybe more of a personal preference, some places in the article could use one or several more photos. Ypsilon (talk) 19:10, 19 February 2021 (UTC)[]
I will fix that. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 23:28, 19 February 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Nearly per Ypsilon. A minor issue I've noticed is that the district list and map show somewhere called "Penrith Valley" but this redirects to Sydney/Outer West, which is not on the list or map.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 14:21, 8 May 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost — once "move to district" issue is resolved, I will support this article's featuring. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 19:26, 20 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Not yet: As Australia still has a very harsh pandemic lockdown, what could we expect for December? Even if restrictions are to be lifted, how many venues will operate? With just one support vote following 7 months of nomination and many good nominations, Sydney could wait for a while. /Yvwv (talk) 17:09, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Yes, maybe time to slush? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:31, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Recife has zero support votes, and the pandemic has been bad in Brazil, so we might need a new article both for December and January. Mui Ne is good to go for December. We can hopefully do Orlando in January and Venice in February (with the Carnival, and the absence of European destinations during northern winter). /Yvwv (talk) 21:56, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
@Yvwv: restrictions are expected to ease in November. But I don't think we should slush articles just because of the pandemic. Lots of places have been affected by lockdowns, but although they haven't been as harsh as Australia's, Sydney's lockdown, at least is a lot more looser than Victoria's one. Given that regardless of lockdown or not, NYE celebrations would still go on ahead as usual (virtually). SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 22:31, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I think we should postpone featuring Sydney for a few months. Many readers will either have planned to visit Australia for the holiday season, or be visited by Australians, so it would be better to delay featuring such an iconic destination especially if even Australians can't visit Sydney. I don't know that we can be sure that NYE celebrations will take place. It would be different featuring a small place as OTBP. Also "move to district" has not been resolved yet. AlasdairW (talk) 22:55, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
But given that almost the whole world is basically out of reach these days, there's no good reason to postpone these (including Recife). And by the time comes, everything would be open. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 23:17, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
I think there was consensus not to slush destinations due to the pandemic (to let readers read about interesting destinations where they may be interested in visiting after the pandemic), has that changed? Also, while people can't travel to Australia, we have a wide reader and editor base there. Ypsilon (talk) 04:11, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]
One reason to feature Sydney in December 2021 would be the new Matrix film. Matrix tourism has many destinations in Sydney. /Yvwv (talk) 10:39, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Though, if we have to postpone some article to 2022-23 otherwise scheduled for next Northern winter to make space for Venice in February I would suggest that to be either of the two Australian big city articles. I was thinking about running Sydney in December and Melbourne City Centre in March. We could 1. postpone Melbourne, and move Mui Ne forward one month forward to March, 2. postpone Sydney and move Recife and Mui Ne one step backwards freeing February's slot or 3. postpone Melbourne, move Sydney to March, and Recife and Mui Ne one step backwards. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:19, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Given that Matrix is getting released in December, it'll be nice to feature Sydney during December (instead of postponing). --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 10:03, 13 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Seemingly, the upcoming film is mainly shot in San Francisco, not in Sydney. /Yvwv (talk) 14:35, 24 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Melbourne/City Centre[edit]

Place: Melbourne/City Centre
Blurb: The urban core of Melbourne, Australia's "cultural capital", is the bustling heart of the city and jam-packed with entertainment, history, hotels, and eateries. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Good question, honestly -- Melbourne's "four seasons in one day" climate make it difficult to pick a season. Can be worked out in discussion?
Nominated by: Vaticidalprophet (talk) 09:27, 1 March 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Recently upgraded to guide, an article I've done a decent bit of work clearing out and expanding listings on lately, and one of relatively few places currently open to tourism. Plus I can't let you only nominate Sydney ;)[]

Nomination
Southbank night.jpg
  • Support as nominator. Vaticidalprophet (talk) 09:27, 1 March 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Oppose Melbourne is not Australia's cultural capital. Sydney and Brissie have more entertainment. TravelAroundOz (talk) 10:41, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[]
That's perhaps a valid reason to edit the blurb, but certainly not a valid reason to oppose the nomination. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 13:47, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[]
Sydneysiders have some sort of rivalry with Melbournians. TravelAroundOz (talk) 20:30, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[]
Be mature. This is seeming worse than the rivalry between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. You all should stop fighting about this stuff, or at least take it outside Wikivoyage. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:03, 6 March 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost - needs some more photos and geocoordinates. Secondly, as Andre said, this is indeed not a reason to oppose a nomination (see above), moreover this will sit around for quite a while as we won't be running two DotM articles from the same country too close to each other. Ypsilon (talk) 14:38, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost A spot check of listings shows that some updating is required. Some See listings are just titles with no description, hours etc. It needs more photos. The banner photo is a skyline from 2005 - have there been major changes?
Melbourne says "Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia". Leaving aside Sydney / Melbourne rivalry is this far fetched - my view from afar sees Melbourne as a major cultural city? There will have to be a gap of a year or more between featuring Sydney and Melbourne. AlasdairW (talk) 22:20, 3 March 2021 (UTC)[]
I'd also love to feature Brisbane, but featuring Sydney and Brisbane in the same year seems more logical than Syd and Mel. TravelAroundOz (talk) 06:01, 4 March 2021 (UTC)[]
The second paragraph for the Wikipedia article Culture of Melbourne begins "Traditionally acclaimed as Australia's "cultural capital"", and the 'cultural capital' line is frequently also quoted in international tourism, e.g. here, here, here. I'm surprised it's a controversial claim even to a Sydneysider -- the usual ribbing I hear is closer to "you guys are the cultural capital because you don't have the beaches or the landmarks". No major skyline changes I can think of off the top of my head, though I moved here (well after 2005) rather than growing up in the city. Vaticidalprophet (talk) 06:07, 4 March 2021 (UTC)[]
But times are changing. Like I don't even have to go to China to experience the culture. All here in Chinatown; does Melbourne have that? The answer is no. And Yplipson, Sydney and Melbourne aren't close. TravelAroundOz (talk) 11:36, 5 March 2021 (UTC)[]
"Like I don't even have to go to China to experience the culture. All here in Chinatown; does Melbourne have that? The answer is no." ??? Vaticidalprophet (talk) 03:47, 6 March 2021 (UTC)[]
As a Sydneysider, it is fair to call Melbourne the cultural (arts and events) capital. It is definitely the sporting capital. "Entertainment capital" is somewhat broader and may be challenged by other Australian cities. It can be fun to have rivalries but it shouldn't bias your thinking. Gizza (roam) 09:50, 6 March 2021 (UTC)[]
  • @Ypsilon:, @AlasdairW: Every listing now has geocoordinates, except this one random coffee shop where for some reason any attempt to google the coordinates spits out something insane in the middle of the ocean -- hopefully that one won't hold it back. I'll see what I can do about photos next time I swing out that way, but I can't guarantee anything usable. Vaticidalprophet (talk) 12:41, 8 March 2021 (UTC)[]
@Vaticidalprophet: I've fixed that lat and long.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:10, 8 March 2021 (UTC)[]
Also, I've cleared out a lot of closed listings, but I haven't checked everything in the article (it's a big article!). My checks were also disproportionately the stuff without coordinates (so I could get them), so some closed businesses with them may have slipped under the radar, though I cleared out a few of those too. Vaticidalprophet (talk) 12:44, 8 March 2021 (UTC)[]

Support SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 02:29, 24 April 2021 (UTC)[]

  • Close: An inner-city district should have safety information. Are there any supermarkets? Are there any nightlife or entertainment venues? /Yvwv (talk) 13:44, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. Excellent article with detailed listing descriptions. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 02:19, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Recife[edit]

Place: Recife
Blurb: There are many sides to Recife, the city is steeped in colonial history but famed for its urban beaches too. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Oct-Jan
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 11:06, 2 April 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Time to add more suggestions for late 2021/early 2022. Recife has been a guide article since Wikitravel times so it's about time to feature it. Listings of places apparently not anymore in business were deleted by me a while ago (and others including Ibaman and Lazarus1255 have also worked extensively on the article over the last year). Some listings still lack a description but otherwise it's a solid article I think.[]

Nomination
Boa viagem.jpg
With zero support votes, no work done for the last few months and a bad pandemic situation in Brazil, we might consider to put Recife on hold. We could do Mui Ne or Orlando in January. /Yvwv (talk) 21:59, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
The pandemic shouldn't be a good reason to put things on hold. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 22:38, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Agree with SHB and the article doesn't have that many issues. As I said above, Ibaman and Lazarus made many edits to the article in 2020, and I deleted places that were out of business in January this year. It probably just needs a similar inspection before its featured, to be scheduled a month or two before that. --Ypsilon (talk) 04:22, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Mui Ne[edit]

Place: Mui Ne
Blurb: Does seafood, kitesurfing and different sanddunes sound like great ingredients for a beach holiday? Head to this Vietnamese resort town to experience them! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Dec-Apr
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 11:06, 2 April 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Another article from Vietnam which was already at guide status, and I've deleted outdated listings and arranged content to make it more compliant with the MoS (of course I added more photos too!). Mui Ne could probably be featured as either DotM or OtBP, but as this apparently is a part of a "dense resort area" of "over two hundred beach resorts and hotels" and other wikivoyagers in case of doubt usually prefer to run articles as DotM, I picked the former.[]

Nomination
Mui Ne2.jpg

Seville[edit]

Place: Seville
Blurb: In the city of flamenco you can find many things Spain is famous for; architecture from many eras, tapas, events and nightlife! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Spring or fall probably, winter might be a bit chilly but summer is insanely hot
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:00, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Comment: There's been a while since I last posted a nomination for DotM, so here comes Seville. Articles at guide status that have so big issues they should almost be demoted, I usually clean up, expand and update before even thinking about nominating them. Now Seville isn't that bad but it does need a bit more info in Understand and Drink, Eat needs price categories and in all sections there are a few listings without coordinates. Things that could be taken care of closer to the time it's featured (just like with Ljubljana which I plan to start working on possibly already this weekend). Seville was nominated & slushed 11 years ago, but those issues (more pics, "suffers greatly from lack of proper formatting", info in See and Do that should be in Get around) have been largely resolved.[]

Nomination
Plaza Virgen de los Reyes, Seville, Spain - Sep 2009.jpg
  • Some work needed per my comment above. --Ypsilon (talk) 18:00, 1 July 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work per nomination. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:40, 21 July 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Not yet. Looks good overall, but lacks climate and safety information (pickpockets should be mentioned). More information about flamenco would be appreciated. With these additions, Seville would be good to go in spring 2022. /Yvwv (talk) 09:25, 13 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work per Yvwv and Ypsilon. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 09:29, 13 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Venice[edit]

Place: Venice
Blurb: Venice was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. Canal boats are used to get around the city, which has plenty of merchant palaces and other decorated buildings. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Spring or autumn. We can consider February 2022 for the Venice Carnival.
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 21:37, 1 July 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Well-known destination that has yet to be featured. Slushed in 2018, but has improved a lot since then.[]

Nomination
Venezia-punta della dogana.jpg
  • Close though the article is in a better shape than the last time it was nominated. Issues with the article are: listings without descriptions (for example churches in See, (provided they're all notable enough to be included)), listings without coordinates, and there are some parts of the article that could use more photos. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:39, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[]
In addition, if the Carnival defines when Venice will be featured, then we should run it in February only if the Carnival actually takes place. Otherwise later in the year, or perhaps Feb 2023. --Ypsilon (talk) 04:16, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]
According to Venice's tourist website, the Carnival will be held without restrictions. /Yvwv (talk) 13:46, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Orlando[edit]

Place: Orlando
Blurb: Orlando is the world capital of theme parks, energetic spirit that almost never slows, and with an estimated 52 million visitors a year. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Usable (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: December-July
Nominated by: SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 10:21, 4 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Great article and I am actually surprised it has yet to be featured.[]

Nomination
ICON Orlando Observation Wheel.jpg
  • Comment: I question "Any time of the year". I think it shouldn't be featured during hurricane season or summertime. Winter is probably the best time to feature, followed by early spring and late fall. Hurricane season is getting worse and longer, but here's some basic information]: June 1-November 30, but especially August-October. So I think we should probably recommend a feature between December and April or so. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:45, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Changed. Maybe I'm quite biased since I've been here only in July all the times I've been here. I suppose SelfieCity is a better person to comment. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 10:50, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • (edit conflict) Needs work. Many of the listings are not in Orlando, but suburbs of Orlando. This is an important distinction similar to suburbs of Atlanta, as suburbs have an identity of their own, particularly (in Orlando’s case) on the northeastern side of the city. As for time of year, I’d lean toward a spring or fall feature, which is the best time of year: November and April-May are probably the best times of year. I can do some work on the article, of course, but I can’t be sure how moving the listings to nearby suburbs would affect the region. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 10:52, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • So winter isn't a very good time to visit? I would have guessed it was, but I've actually never been to Orlando. Ikan Kekek (talk) 10:56, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
It’s not a bad time to visit, but particularly the north can get cold spells, though nothing like NY. People visiting Florida expect warm weather, and you don’t get that about half of the time in winter, particularly inland. The weather stabilizes in spring and becomes warm but not hot until late May or June, so it seems to be the optimal time to feature. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 11:00, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • (edit conflict) Hurricanes are serious in Florida, but I’d say the summer heat and humidity is a stronger reason not to feature Orlando then. As an inland, more northern location, Orlando rarely gets them, while the Keys and the southern parts of each coast that are the most vulnerable. However, the humidity and heat makes summer unpleasant and there’s no coastal of Gulf Stream effect to moderate the temperature. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 10:57, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work - still at usable status, meaning it's not eligible for nomination but it probably could qualify for guide status. Some listings lack coordinates and/or contact information. A few more photos here and there wouldn't hurt, and are there just 8 things in Orlando worth listing in See? Time-wise, as others have pointed out, not during the hurricane season, and I believe summer can be pretty hot, so winter or spring would probably be optimal. --Ypsilon (talk) 13:50, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
I wouldn't say summer is hot in Orlando. But that's just me. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 13:54, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
I can do some work on this article and I can probably get it up to guide and therefore DOTM-ready status, especially with help. However, I’ve been focused on getting outline city articles to usable status lately, and I’ve substantially improved at least fifty articles. If I manage to get the vast majority to usable status, which is my goal, I’ll think about whether to proceed with finer adjustments, such as getting some city articles to guide status, improving region articles and improving the articles of major cities such as Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. Florida’s articles were in bad shape when I started this work about a year ago, and their status has a come a long way, but Florida is a big place, with a population probably not far off that of Australia, and rising fast, so it’s a huge task. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:06, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
I did some work on this article and is significantly closer to where it should be. Hopefully within the next few months it can be ready. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:33, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Amsterdam[edit]

Place: Amsterdam
Blurb: Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is known for canals, art, liberal values and nightlife. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Northern summer is preferrable
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 12:11, 4 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Well-known destination yet to be featured. The article has all the essentials. Most district articles are good.[]

Nomination
Amsterdam - Boat - 0635.jpg
  • Support - Great minds think alike etc., namely this is one of the articles I've been looking at for next summer's DotMs. A few small things; some sections of the article could use more photos, outdated information should be updated or deleted (a month or two before it's featured rather than now) and while the district articles look informative enough (and all at usable status, of course), it would be "nice but not mandatory" to find something to fill into their empty sections. --Ypsilon (talk) 13:26, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. @FredTC: want anything to comment anything about this? --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 13:57, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. As Ypsilon said, it needs a bit of work, but is a great candidate nonetheless. Especially the "Understand" paragraphs are completely blank for some districts, most notably the Canal District. Something to consider would be the districts of Amsterdam, since per March 2022, nearby Weesp will become a part of the municipality of Amsterdam. Logically, it would be included in our hierarchy as such as well. Additionally, it feels weird to me that Duivendrecht and Diemen aren't districts either. They may be different municipalities, but we don't have to be limited by that. That's an entirely different discussion though, but I am not sure whether to have that discussion before or after featuring this as DOTM. -- Wauteurz (talk) 15:25, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support per comments of those with local knowledge. As usual, some minor fixes would be appreciated. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 11:08, 21 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Addis Ababa[edit]

Place: Addis Ababa
Blurb: Addis Ababa is the world's third highest capital city, and is a major hub for East Africa (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Spring or Autumn? Oct-May are dry and even as night temperatures some months are below +10°C which I think Andre sometime used as a standard, day temperatures are well above +20°C so it's not too cold
Nominated by: SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 23:53, 10 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment: We rarely feature African cities, and I thought why not?[]

Nomination
Ethiopian National Museum in Addis Ababa.jpg
  • Support as nominator. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 23:54, 10 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: it looks like a good article, and while normally we don't like to make comments on status based on current events, the war in Ethiopia is a major concern if we're considering a destination of the month feature. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 23:57, 10 August 2021 (UTC)[]
But isn't the war in Tigray, which is about 1000km north of Addis Ababa? SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 00:02, 11 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Article quote (linked above): “The deadly fighting has now spread beyond Tigray into neighboring regions, and fracturing in Africa’s second most populous country could destabilize the entire Horn of Africa region.” Not to mention that a military draft indicates those across the country will be impacted. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:32, 11 August 2021 (UTC)[]
That is something we can figure out later. Should there actually be a war going on (or a risk for such) in or near the city itself anytime before its time to feature we should slush or postpone it. --Ypsilon (talk) 18:23, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Close - One of the articles I updated using Internet sources a year ago or so, because we usually have a shortage of articles featurable during the colder half of the year in the Northern Hemisphere winter and African articles. I planned to nominate this sometime later on myself. The article may need some minor updates before going live and some listings need a description. --Ypsilon (talk) 18:13, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]
@Ypsilon, SelfieCity: although it might be better to wait until we have the time issue fixed. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 23:31, 4 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Agreed. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 23:44, 4 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Next Northern winter is full so there will be more than a year before we run the article. Whatever work is made on the article today may need to be redone closer to the time it's featured. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:21, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Buenos Aires[edit]

Place: Buenos Aires
Blurb: Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is one of Latin America's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Sep-May (yes, while temperatures it can be run in the Austral summer too like Montevideo and several Aussie articles at the same latitude, the more possible monther the more chances to feature it)
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 22:32, 7 September 2021 (UTC)
Comment: We have not featured too many South American destinations. This article has the essentials, except a good lead section.[]

Nomination
Port skyline & Women's Bridge.jpg
  • Close some minor brushups needed, but otherwise LGTM. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 23:58, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment- quite good article, though it could use a few more pics here and there. Will probably sit around until Norhtern Winter 2022-23 so improvements and updates that are done now may need to be redone closer to when its featured. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:25, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Nominations for Off the Beaten Path[edit]

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
Winter Morning (11751674425).jpg


  • 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)[]
  • Not yet coords needed for the Do section, and drink section could be properly formatted. Some other cleanups needed but I'll try and fix that. Also, what does "Yes it's Maine, but you're still in civilization." mean? (I'm not that familiar with NE US) SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 09:34, 13 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Montserrat[edit]

Place: Montserrat
Blurb: Once another place to enjoy the sun and sea, the 1995 volcanic eruption turned this island into a quite different Caribbean destination. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: maybe Dec-May to avoid the hurricane season
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:24, 19 February 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Something from the Caribbean towards the end of the year? This is one of the informative but a bit messy articles I cleaned up and updated a year ago, maybe listings need a new update closer to when its featured but the article shouldn't have any other deficiencies.[]

Nomination
Montserrat volcano.jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:24, 19 February 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support, of course. Do seems a little sparse, with no listings; it may be that there's nothing else worth saying, given that only half the island is accessible and much of the traditional tourist interest is inside the exclusion zone, but it could be worth checking.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:20, 19 February 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Very close. A couple listings could do with more detail and some dead links need to be fixed/removed. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:53, 18 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Mamallapuram[edit]

Place: Mamallapuram
Blurb: This world heritage town is all about stone carvings - and it's a place to learn the craft if you're interested. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Weatherwise Jan-Apr, driest time of the year and warm but not too hot
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 20:12, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Every now and then we've featured Indian articles, but for a OtBP feature we have to look back as far as early 2013. Unfortunately many articles from there tend to be made up of long lists of stuff, but this one seemed to have more descriptions. A year ago I went through the article adding coordinates and deleting places that were out of business, could perhaps use a new checkthrough closer to when it's featured, likely early 2022.[]

Nomination
Butter Ball, Mahabalipuram.jpg
  • Support as nominator, though a couple of listings could use a longer description (possibly it could be a good time to do that if the article per above is updated closer to when it's featured). Ypsilon (talk) 20:12, 8 March 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support but it could use a bit of polishing. Pashley (talk) 11:29, 2 April 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost per Pashley. The fact there are no "Do" listings doesn't seem good enough, in my opinion, for a featured article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:52, 18 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • I've done a copy-editing pass, got rid of many oddities probably introduced by Indian editors with good but not perfect English. It needs to have someone else take a look, find what I missed.
I'd have this as DotM, not OtBP. It is one of the region's main tourist draws & a World Heritage site. Pashley (talk) 02:07, 14 July 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Not yet Descriptions needed for some of the see, and the do bit needs a lot of work for it to be featured on the main page. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 09:37, 13 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Koror[edit]

Place: Koror
Blurb: Palau's main city is a stepping stone to good diving and a place to learn about the archipelago's history and culture (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: It's rainy around the year, but Feb-Apr seem slightly drier
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 20:12, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Yet another article I've been polishing little by little. Small tropical destinations always warm up the OtBP section in the Northern Hemisphere winter, and as you may guess Palau is another country that's not been seen on the Main Page before.[]

Nomination
Koror downtown 1.JPG

Chavín de Huántar[edit]

Place: Chavín de Huántar
Blurb: Explore the ancient Chavín culture and the Andean cuisine and admire great views in this little town that millenia ago was an important ceremonial site. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Apr-Nov is the dry season
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:31, 26 April 2021 (UTC)
Comment: We didn't have any nominee that would fit into October's OtBP slot, so I translated this guide-status one from Spanish WV. Seems to be quite an interesting little town. Listings were last edited in February, at which point the Spanish article was written from scratch so everything should be up to date. There are a couple of prices from 2014 that were originally in the English article but those can be deleted if we don't want to keep them.[]

Nomination
Chavín de Huántar.JPG

San Ignacio (Belize)[edit]

Place: San Ignacio (Belize)
Blurb: This town at the crossing of Belize's main road and rivers is surrounded by plenty of Mayan sites and neotropical jungle to explore! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Feb-May are the driest months
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:58, 4 June 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Another one for early 2022; it's been a while since we ran something from Central America so here's an article from that part of the world. The article was in a decent shape but a bit messy, so over the last week I've deleted listings of things that seem to be closed, brought over content from German and Italian WV (the German article has guide status) and generally cleaned up the article so it should be good to go.[]

Nomination
Cahal Pech 1 EL.jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 19:58, 4 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Very close. The main problem with this article currently is that there are some dead links and formatting issues. But assuming you continue to work on the article, it should be OK. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:50, 18 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Alishan[edit]

Place: Alishan
Blurb: Ride the Forest Railway up to Alishan for some beautiful views, local tea and handicrafts of the local red cypress wood. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: I guess Mar-Apr, Oct-Nov. (Northern Hemisphere) winter seems a little cool, and summer extremely wet
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 17:47, 5 July 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Another suggestion for a slot next spring. Alishan was promoted to guide status in 2007, by Jani, one of the project's main contributors back then so I guess the article should be extensive enough - even if it's a short one. I've recently added some coordinates and checked that the typhoon-damaged train line is up and running again (at least to some extent). Probably a few details still need to be updated (not sure if we should have timetables in our articles as these can get outdated quickly).[]

Nomination
Alishan Forest Staircase2.JPG
  • Support? --Ypsilon (talk) 17:47, 5 July 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support? ---SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 23:21, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost. The lack of directions (are there any addresses or phone numbers listed in this article?) is a little concerning, as is the time period since updates (14 years). It seems a little short on information, beyond harsh criticism but a little off for a feature nomination. I think some time needs to be spent overhauling this article for featured status, and it needs to be considered whether this is possible or worth the effort. I would like to see it on the main page, if possible. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:22, 21 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Ștefănești[edit]

Place: Ștefănești
Blurb: Home town of Brătianu Family, who gave important figures for Romania, have a diversity of historical, natural attractions. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: I guess May-June.
Nominated by: Romanichthys Valsanicola 12:58, 4 August 2021 (EET)
Comment: I have been working hard on this article for almost 1 year, of which I am proud and I want to promote it by nominating it. Anyone is welcome to review my article in case any mistakes are found.

Nomination
2019 Conacul Brătianu - Vila „Florica” 01.jpg
  • Needs work - Nice to see articles nominated from countries we haven't ever featured on the Main Page before! Though there are at least two issues with Ștefănești - the banner size (it should have a 7:1 proportion, now it's too tall) and many listings don't have a description or contact information including street address. --Ypsilon (talk) 10:12, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work per Ypsilon Some work on the sections "Eat" and "Drink" would get us much closer to nomination status. This work needs to be done to maintain guide status, also. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:21, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work per above. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 22:44, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work I have fixed the banner. However listings are lacking in details. Do includes this: "DJ741. Try to drive on this spectacular road modernized in 2016 between Mioveni and Stefanesti, project financed by Argeș County Council." - it might be a good rural road to drive on for the views, but you don't just drive on because the council paid for it. AlasdairW (talk) 22:59, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Grand-Bassam[edit]

Place: Grand-Bassam
Blurb: Grand-Bassam is a UNESCO world heritage site, filled with French colonialism to the brim. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Not sure From the slush discussion referred to in my comment: Jul-Aug or Nov-Mar per [1]
Nominated by: SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 09:46, 12 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Great article and I don't think we've ever featured an article from Côte d'Ivoire, and it might be a first if we do:)[]

Nomination
800px-Grand-Bassam.jpg
  • Comment - it was slushed in 2015 apparentl because it was hard to verify the listings. Perhaps Internet coverage has become better since? --Ypsilon (talk) 17:52, 12 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Gävle[edit]

Place: Gävle
Blurb: Gävle is the gateway to northern Sweden, famous for its old town and its giant Yule Goat. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: While weather is best in June-August, the notorious Christmas goat (which will be inaugurated on 27 November this year, with no idea how long it survives) makes Gävle suitable to run in November or December.
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 18:50, 8 September 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Has improved during 2021. While Gävle is decently sized and has many interesting venues, it does not seem heavyweight enough for DoTM.[]

Nomination
Yule goat Gefle Sweden 2009.jpg
  • Support assuming the nature reserves get a description and contact information. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 19:03, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: If featuring before Christmas, I'd say November, as 11 December is very close to Christmas, and there is little reason to go in January – at least there are no hints on winter activities in the article. –LPfi (talk) 06:52, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]
It is true that we should be a bit prospective. Banteay Chhmar is not good to go, so we could run Gävle in November. /Yvwv (talk) 08:30, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Added two ski facilities. Gävle usually gets the first snow in early December, so there will be some chances for winter sport. The ice hockey season will be ongoing, though the horse races close down for winter. /Yvwv (talk) 13:29, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Close I just added an Understand section, that even the smallest articles should have. And that section should have a couple of paragraphs of Gävle. A pic or two towards the end, and in the lead could be added and a few listings need coordinates. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:32, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Added history and climate. How extensively should we mention the traditional arson attacks on the goat? /Yvwv (talk) 15:04, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Looking good. Perhaps a few more lines (in its listing or in Understand), given that the goat is mentioned in the blurb, but not more than that. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:14, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Farnborough[edit]

Place: Farnborough
Blurb: Famous for its air show, there are many more aviation attractions in the English town where the French imperial family rests in peace (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Star (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Preferably July 2022 for the next air show
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 15:21, 20 September 2021 (UTC)
Comment: What can I say, it's a star article so it definitely deserves a month on the Main Page.[]

Nomination
Airship Hangar.jpg
  • Support as nominator. Ypsilon (talk) 15:21, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support; this was successfully approved to star status and accordingly has been subject to a high level of scrutiny and criticism. An active contributor is able to update the article whenever necessary. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:02, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. This is a Star article, so I doubt that there are any issues that would prevent its being featured as an OTBP article. ----Nelson Ricardo (talk) 18:24, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Strong support star article so why not? SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 22:47, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Nominations for Featured travel topic[edit]

Arriving in a new city[edit]

Place: Arriving in a new city
Blurb: Do you often find it intimidating to arrive at a new, strange place? Here are some useful tips for you. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 09:12, 12 September 2020 (UTC)
Comment: As you can see on the article talk page, I've been thinking about what to add to the article "for a little while". As there've been no more ideas, I assume the article should be ready to feature, even in its short form.[]

Nomination
Central hall of Beijing Railway Station (20150630110953).JPG
  • Support --Ypsilon (talk) 09:12, 12 September 2020 (UTC)[]
  • Comment - I edited through the end of "Get around". So far, it's needed fairly small edits, but I'll be more comfortable with passing judgment after I've read through the entire article and edited as appropriate. So far, it seems good. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:43, 12 September 2020 (UTC)[]
  • The fact that I've just added a whole new section that was an obvious omission ('Eat') tells me this one probably needs some work. It seems very short, though the advice that's already there is good.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:26, 23 September 2020 (UTC)[]
  • Close pending more article content, but a good start. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 19:45, 20 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Close - per SC. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 23:26, 20 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment I'm really trying to come up with something more to add to the article, but can't come to think of anything. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:19, 21 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: We have only one support vote with one month left to go. Has the article improved enough? Or should we run the Loop Art Tour, which is as good as it could get, in October, and put this topic on hold? /Yvwv (talk) 20:00, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Loop Art Tour[edit]

Place: Loop Art Tour
Blurb: Did you know that you can see some amazing modern art for free by taking a walk around downtown Chicago? (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Star (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Apr-Oct (from Magnificient Mile's and Bronzeville's nominations)
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 14:32, 29 January 2021 (UTC)
Comment: OK, as you probably all know, I don't like having articles sitting around here for longer than necessary (also it looks like some of the already nominated articles from the U.S. will still sit around here into 2022). But there has to be two years or more between articles from the same city, an article from Chicago was featured in April 2020, so the earliest possible slot for a Chicago article will thus be in April 2022. Now all, or almost, all districts from there are at guide or star status and could be run as DotM or OtBP, and as such Chicago together with Washington D.C. and San Francisco and perhaps some other cities, have high quality articles for DotM and OtBP for years to come.[]

But this is not the case when it comes to FTT; other than Peter Southwood's famous diving guides (speaking of which...in northern winter 2021-22 three years will have passed since one of those was featured, so it's time to nominated a new one soon) we don't have any other travel topics at star status - except for this one. So before a district of Chicago is nominated, I hereby nominate Loop Art Tour for FTT for some month in 2022.

As a star article, there shouldn't be anything to complain about when it comes to formatting or language. Though, a month or so before the article is featured we should check online that the artworks are still there.

Nomination
Cloud Gate at dawn.jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 14:33, 29 January 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost The talk page says that one of the sculptures has been removed. It has been 8 years since any real update, and so I think it needs somebody to walk the route to confirm that everything is still there, and there are no new major attractions enroute that need a mention. The main sights should be markers, with wikidata links so the reader can find out more, or use a full page map. For an article on the main page, there should be links to relevant travel topics. AlasdairW (talk) 15:33, 29 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Nobody needs to walk the route, and we don't have any active Wikivoyagers in Chicago anyway. The status of the sculpture that's been removed can probably be determined by a Google search. If not, then just delete it from the itinerary. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 17:42, 29 January 2021 (UTC)[]
I might be wrong, but I think user:The dog2 is in Chicago. If not, you may not need an actual person to walk it, but the internet research should be more involved than you imply, per Alasdair's suggestions. Most readers will likely assume that featured articles have been thoroughly researched, and as recently as possible.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:58, 29 January 2021 (UTC)[]
There's also User:SewChicago, who unlike me is an actual local who was born and raised in Chicago. I'm currently based in Chicago, but I'm still a foreigner. I haven't really been going out recently thanks to the pandemic, but I'd be happy to go around a bit more after I get vaccinated. Unfortunately, I don't know when that will be. They're currently having a severe shortage of vaccine doses in Illinois, and things are just so disorganised here. It's kind of sad that what is supposed to be the best and greatest country in the history of mankind is bungling the vaccine rollout so badly, in contrast to how organised and competent the rollout has been in my native Singapore. The dog2 (talk) 19:05, 29 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Since the meat of the article has already been written, it shouldn't matter that you're not a native Chicagoan. But, yeah, any time later in the year that you feel safe to go out, your help would be much appreciated (and much needed, given that by the time this is featured, it'll be 10 years since it was last done). I don't expect to get the vaccine for months yet, but I am lucky enough to not be in a rush and don't envy anyone with a more urgent need. I'm just thankful that most of my older family members have all either had their first jab or have an appointment scheduled.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 20:20, 29 January 2021 (UTC)[]

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────By the way, I noticed that the Buckingham Fountain is missing from the tour. That would add some extra time, but if you want to look at art installations in Chicago, I'd recommend it. I actually prefer it to the Crown Fountain. The dog2 (talk) 00:39, 30 January 2021 (UTC)[]

Support. I haven't felt motivated to vote on nominations for features during the pandemic, but this is a star article, so I have full confidence that it'll be in great condition by the time it runs. Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:22, 30 January 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. It's a star article. Unless it's degarded since starring, it deserves to be a DotM. --Nelson Ricardo (talk) 05:20, 10 May 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. As a star article there shouldn’t be too much to worry about regarding this one. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:45, 21 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Percy's Hole[edit]

Place: Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay/Percy's Hole
Blurb: Percy's Hole is suitable for novice divers too and there's a plentitude of colourful nudibranches under water. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Star (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Oct-May, like the previous Cape peninsula diving guide
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:03, 13 March 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Time to dive into South African waters again (last such feature was January 2019). Here's another of Peter's Star-rated dive guides and I trust that everything important is included.[]

Nomination
Koester at Percy's Hole DSC06939.JPG
Sorry, but I disagree. Traditionally we've had three years between the featuring of these dive guides, whereas we normally allow articles from the same city/region to be featured two years apart. I'd rather see the Cape dive guides more often on the Main Page rather than even less frequently. Ypsilon (talk) 19:50, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Public transit in Israel[edit]

Place: Public transit in Israel
Blurb: What's Rav-Kav and how do you use it? Find the answer to this and other things useful to know to explore Israel by bus and train in this article. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any, but we've usually featured articles from Israel during the colder half of the year in the Northern Hemisphere
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 11:46, 2 April 2021 (UTC)
Comment: The article has grown over the years thanks to the contribution of many Wikivoyagers including טבעת-זרם, Danbus43Maalit72, Ar2332, Arseny1992, Hobbit, GZ and many others. So let's feature it! If something important is still missing, I'm sure someone will be able to fill in the missing info.[]

Nomination
Buses02.jpg
  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 11:46, 2 April 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support as one of the contributors. Although as noted on talk and in a couple of edit summaries, zone maps (fares for mobile app ticketing first distance level, area zoning for Rav-Kav 90-minute transfers, area zoning for Rav-Kav periodic passes) could be embedded on-wiki, but I haven't figured how to properly use map tools. --Arseny1992 (talk) 12:43, 2 April 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Almost It is a very good article, but as somebody who hasn't been to Israel, I think there are slight gaps. The ticketing system is very usefully covered in great detail, but there less on the actual buses and trains. I am likely to go on a clean 5 year old bus, or a 25 year old grubby one with fraying seat covers? Can buses and trains be reserved, and if so how long in advance? - elsewhere I have found long distance buses fully booked two weeks in advance. How much of the country is served by buses - are there rural areas which are poorly served - maybe a map of the bus network would show this. AlasdairW (talk) 22:26, 2 April 2021 (UTC)[]
I thought it would be on par of WV:OBVIOUS that a modern developed country to have a modern transit fleet, and the guide images have some of these: so you will be on a relatively clean few years old bus (such as the Tel Aviv bus image). The Eilat section has the information on seat reservations and it is pretty much almost the only route where reservations are possible. Trains can not be reserved: if compared to Europe, it works more as a suburban short-distance network rather than long-distance railways, although due to the pandemic they temporarily added "station entry reservations" (pandemic infobox on Israel) which are not compulsory to obtain online with identification and can be "obtained" anonymously at station entrances by saying your destination to the entrance guards - you will be allowed into a station if your train departs in the next 15 minutes. So it is not actually a train reservation but means to prevent crowding and enforce social distancing on stations, and these temporary means aren't going to stay after the pandemic. A map of the bus network is irrelevant because routes can change and such a map would become outdated and face the issues of a "route list" that the guide had a few years ago, therefore it is best to use the information provided in the Understand section. --Arseny1992 (talk) 23:12, 2 April 2021 (UTC)[]
The U.S. does not have a modern and clean public transit fleet. Hobbitschuster (talk) 17:42, 25 April 2021 (UTC)[]

Pacific War[edit]

Place: Pacific War
Blurb: The Pacific War was the largest theatre of World War II, fought across seas and jungles with more destructive weapons than any war before. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Usable (deserves a higher grade)Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Preferrably northern winter, as Southeast Asia is rainy during northern summer. We could aim for Nov-Dec 2021; the 80th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 22:49, 11 May 2021 (UTC)
Comment: A lengthy article with a wide geographic scope.[]

Nomination
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  • Support - needs a lot more photos, and a more international Respect section, but the important stuff is already there.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 07:58, 12 May 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support - except map needs to have Pacific in the middle and more photos please. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 10:48, 12 May 2021 (UTC)[]
Have just tried that, and it doesn't work. You can centre it on the Pacific, but then all the markers are to the right.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:57, 12 May 2021 (UTC)[]
the osm layouts aren't great SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 11:00, 12 May 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Very close more photos! And if an article looks so good that you would like to nominate it for the Main Page (which I do think this one is), consider updating its status to guide first. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:19, 12 May 2021 (UTC)[]
Support - pics added and guide status. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:23, 29 May 2021 (UTC)[]

RMS Titanic[edit]

Place: RMS Titanic
Blurb: On both shores of the Atlantic there are many fascinating sites related to possibly the most famous shipwreck of all time (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: FTT slot of March 2022 to have it on the main page in early April for the 110th anniversaries of the maiden voyage and sinking of the ship
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 20:46, 22 May 2021 (UTC)
Comment: One more travel topic of the historical kind. I made some small fixes to the article and promoted it to guide a few months year ago with the intention to nominate it for FTT[]

Nomination
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Sinhala phrasebook[edit]

Place: Sinhala phrasebook
Blurb: Whether you plan to visit Sri Lanka someday or want to enjoy a little piece of the country's culture - a few phrases in Sinhala - today; check out this phrasebook! (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 19:12, 28 June 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Sometime in the first months of every year we've traditionally featured a phrasebook as FTT - how about a language with a different script this time? I just added photos to the article and the only issue I can see with the article is that it has a pretty extensive grammar section for a travel phrasebook which we can keep or trim down.[]

Nomination
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  • Support --Ypsilon (talk) 19:12, 28 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support this amazing phrasebook. Whoever wrote it deserves several hearty slaps on the back.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 21:11, 28 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment I immediately see an issue: I don't think there's an "a" as in the way I pronounce "bad". I'll broach these questions on the phrasebook's talk page. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:45, 29 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. I'm confident that the issue I brought up will be resolved satisfactorily. I unfortunately had to remove a New Year's image because it has a watermark on it. In terms of the grammar section, I think some parts of it are too detailed, but I'd rather leave it alone than delete too much of it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:04, 29 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support I'll hopefully find a better image lying somewhere in my house. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 01:12, 29 June 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support per others. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:15, 1 July 2021 (UTC)[]

Space[edit]

Place: Space
Blurb: From launch sites and museums to the destination itself visited by relatively few, space is both literally and figuratively a destination out of this world. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Any
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 17:08, 14 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Nominated and slushed in 2010, back then apparently because there weren't many space exploration related attractions on Earth listed and because of a lack of space flights other than normal missions occasionally taking a passenger with them. Eleven years later, we have such places listed and the article was overall improved and promoted to guide status last year. In addition, a month ago Branson and Bezos flew to space with their spaceships together with a couple of passengers so the flights are definitely here (not for everyone of course, but possibly still for hundreds of people every year).[]

There may be a thing or two that needs to be updated before we run the article, for instance the commercial space flights the companies are or will be selling tickets to.

Nomination
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  • Almost. --Ypsilon (talk) 17:08, 14 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Needs work per Ypsilon, to make sure the science/technology information is accurate. If and when, I'd be able to support featuring this article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:33, 21 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Not yetOppose this article is far too western centred. The number of listings that related to the countries of former Soviet Union has only four listings, and there's only one listing related to China. Why is there none in Africa? A FTT can't be western centred, because after all, we are an international travel guide. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 22:33, 23 August 2021 (UTC)[]
    China and Soviet should obviously be handled better, but Africa hasn't exactly been the prime actor in the Space Race, so it not featuring prominently does not mean much. Of course, African sites should be added when they pop into mind. –LPfi (talk) 06:31, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
    I was thinking of Sansa sites in South Africa. Don't know any in mind, but there'd certainly be some. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 06:42, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Yes, do add African sites if you can come to think of some, I wasn't aware of such places in Africa other than some NASA's space shuttle launch abort landing sites, and those may not be much to look at, particularly now as the space shuttle program is discontinued. --Ypsilon (talk) 10:27, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: I'm wondering if space as a travel topic (for visiting launch sites, museums, observatories etc) would be better treated as a separate article to space as a destination? Yes, a literal interpretation of the latter is only available for a few disgustingly wealthy and selfish shits at the moment, but there are other "almost space" attractions out there for people with more normal incomes, from zero gravity experiences both at ground level and in aircraft, to tourist-oriented astronaut training programmes with NASA and simulated space missions, not to mention astronomy, scientifically-realistic video games etc. An article that summarises the ways you can actually get to space (or to the next best thing) would probably have enough content to exist separate from an article about space-themed sites on Earth.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:52, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: This article is categorized with Other destinations. Should we nominate it as Off the beaten path instead? /Yvwv (talk) 17:54, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Very good question. But I think the answer hinges on whether my above point about splitting is a valid one. Space-themed attractions are usually very much on the beaten path for millions as long as their location is accessible, and collectively form a strong travel topic. Space itself is obviously as far off the beaten path as you can get (though perhaps the ocean floor is less visited).--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:06, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
I don't think there is too much of a difference between visiting sites with "zero gravity experiences" and visiting museums and launch sites. Both are places not in space, but scattered around the globe, in the usual fashion handled by our travel topic articles. If we treat Space as a real destination article, then it is for those "few disgustingly wealthy and selfish shits" and coach travellers dreaming of being one of them (to be rude – in your coach you can of course disregard the monetary and environmental aspects, with no harm done). –LPfi (talk) 09:36, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
It used to be an "Other destination" article, in 2017 I suggested it to be moved to a travel topic for the reason that for virtually everyone "Space travel" means looking at the sky or visiting related places on Earth. Can't remember if it was me who moved it to travel topic, but apparently it's an Other destination again. --Ypsilon (talk) 10:27, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
(edit conflict) I could see the merits of a “space museums and sites” article distinct from space itself. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 10:28, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
I created Space flight sites from the relevant sections of the space article. /Yvwv (talk) 16:17, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]
OK, good. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:35, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[]

European classical music[edit]

Place: European classical music
Blurb: Europe has a centuries-long tradition of classical music, today performed around the world by orchestras and smaller ensembles. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: Spring 2022. Hopefully most pandemic restrictions in Europe are lifted by then. Many venues are closed at summer.
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 21:38, 23 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Slushed in early 2020 but has improved a lot since then.[]

Nomination
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  • Good idea about when to feature it. It still needs more destinations. For example, Atlanta has had one of the best orchestras in the U.S. for some years now. I wish someone who knew the city would add the listing, but it should be doable by consulting online sources. Houston has the Houston Grand Opera and also a reputable symphony orchestra. Pittsburgh should be listed. And the list goes on. Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:52, 23 August 2021 (UTC)[]
@Ikan Kekek: No need to wait for someone who knows those cities, particularly as you've brought all of those places up before and no-one has stepped forward. If you know about the orchestras, please plunge forward.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:30, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:30, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Supporto. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 09:42, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment the article was slushed a little over a year ago. Back then I said the following: if, as many have said, the article doesn't by far cover all the listings it should cover, then there's no point in having the article collecting dust here on the nominations page. But in that case the article shouldn't for sure be at guide status either. Plus, the article does now have 70 listings, and if it will be expanded by many more I think it eventually needs to be split up in a couple of regions. There have been many edits to the article since April 2020 but the question remains if it's good enough for the main page already? --Ypsilon (talk) 10:14, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
As a classical musician, I may be biased, but I think it needs more entries. I'll do some work on it, but I'm not sure at what point it'll be comprehensive enough to be really helpful for the world traveler who loves to hear classical music all over. Some of you may need to take on the role of producers, telling me when to put down the instrument (at least for a while) and go with the take we've already recorded. :-) Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:37, 25 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Generally Support, but I am surprised that there are no destinations in Africa, Central Asia or the Middle East. There are several orchestras in South Africa, and a couple in the Middle East. AlasdairW (talk) 18:27, 26 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: :::Also there is an opera house in Haiphong, Vietnam, which was built by the French during the colonial era. One reason why I haven't added a listing is because I have no idea if you can still attend any operas or other types of classical music performances there. On that note, if we want to start looking at Africa, I won't be surprised if the French built any opera houses in their African colonies just like they did in Vietnam. The dog2 (talk) 20:49, 26 August 2021 (UTC)[]
  • The Israel Philharmonic could be listed. I'm not too familiar with Turkish orchestras; I think those in Istanbul and Ankara are respected, but I'd prefer for someone more knowledgeable to pass judgment on that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:10, 27 August 2021 (UTC)[]
We should try to make March/April 2022. That is in the middle of the concert season, well after the expected rush on tickets following the pandemic. We also cover the Easter holidays with liturgical performances. /Yvwv (talk) 22:08, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Archipelago Trail[edit]

Place: Archipelago Trail
Blurb: Come explore one of the world's biggest archipelagoes (by count of islands and islets) with pretty villages, scenic views and quite a few historical buildings. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: "ideally May-Jun"
Nominated by: Ypsilon (talk) 18:13, 12 September 2021 (UTC)
Comment: The trail has become popular over the last years, as many people have traveled domestically instead of going abroad due to the pandemic. But LPfi has worked on the article and ones for the islands and towns it goes through for much longer than that, and it's really about time to feature it on the Main Page to show that great work.[]

Nomination
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  • Support as nominator. --Ypsilon (talk) 18:13, 12 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Comment: There are still some things that need fixing (Vakka-Suomi countryside is weak, as is the corresponding part of the itinerary), but I think they can be fixed during the autumn. Ferry timetables etc. need to be checked, although I think the big changes are covered already, so it should just be updating, not rewriting. Quite some copy editing by native speakers is probably needed, as is some checking for style issues. –LPfi (talk) 18:56, 12 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support. Another impressive Finnish topic. /Yvwv (talk) 19:55, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Support LPfi has put a lot of work into this article, and it's well developed. The only thing I'd be concerned about is as LPfi mentioned, Vakka-Suomi countryside but there's plenty of time to fix that. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 00:37, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[]

German cuisine[edit]

Place: German cuisine
Blurb: The German cuisine has been shaped by the country's temperate climate, with modern influences from around the rold (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: All months have their signature dishes, but Germany is best enjoyed at summer.
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 20:48, 21 September 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Has most of the material which could be expected from a cuisine article.[]

Nomination
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Around the World in Eighty Days[edit]

Place: Around the World in Eighty Days
Blurb: Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days in 1872 and inspired many travellers to recreate the journey. Doing so without flying can still pose a challenge. (should not exceed ~145 characters)
Article status: Guide (must be guide or above).
Time to feature: The plot in the book begins on 2 October 1872. Sept-Oct 2022 is the 150th anniversary.
Nominated by: Yvwv (talk) 12:07, 24 September 2021 (UTC)
Comment: Non-flight journeys are in vogue again, and this article has most of the essentials. Nominating early to make the anniversary date.[]

Nomination
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