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Please suggest banners for display on the main page for upcoming features below. Please try to use banner dimensions of 1700 x 567, and keep the blurb text to a reasonable length. The images from which you create the banners should be of high quality, and ideally of equal or greater resolution than the banner (to ensure high resolution). For inspiration, take a look in the banner Hall of 'Fame'.

Please upload all banner suggestions locally—to Wikivoyage rather than Commons, and put them in Category:DotM banners. If starting a discussion on a suggested feature that has not been discussed yet below, put the discussion at the bottom of the page underneath a new first-level header, such as = New York =

When updating the Main Page banners, please update Main Page/Photo credits as well.

Once in situ, suggested banners and their accompanying discussions will be archived.

Advice for nervous flyers[edit]

Folks, I'm really sorry about letting the banners get away from me. Things got unexpectedly extremely busy for me in the second half of May. In addition to these, I should have banners for July's DotM within a few days.

In a lot of cases with travel topic articles, it's really tough to figure out how to depict the subject matter in the form of a banner, and this is a classic example. Not only that, but circumstances made many of the ideas I did have impossible. What image would best represent fear of flying? Visibly nervous people on board an aircraft? Neither Commons nor Flickr had any pictures of that. Situations on board a plane that might make passengers nervous, i.e. flying through a thunderstorm? There was one grainy image on Commons of a lightning storm as seen through an airplane window that was way less than 1700 pixels wide, but other than that, no dice. So we're stuck with two new air travel-related images that are rather generic looking, plus one of the rejected banners from when we ran Frequent flyer programmes as FTT in 2015. Let's hear your votes! -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 14:24, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Featured Travel Topic[edit]

Advice for nervous flyers

Scared of flying? You don't need to be! Air travel is one of the safest forms of transportation in the world, and there are many options available to prospective travellers who suffer from aviophobia.

Featured Travel Topic[edit]

Advice for nervous flyers

Scared of flying? You don't need to be! Air travel is one of the safest forms of transportation in the world, and there are many options available to prospective travellers who suffer from aviophobia.

Featured Travel Topic[edit]

Advice for nervous flyers

Scared of flying? You don't need to be! Air travel is one of the safest forms of transportation in the world, and there are many options available to prospective travellers who suffer from aviophobia.

  • One thing that I was able to find many images of on Commons and Flickr were photos taken from airplane windows, and I imagine that looking out the window and seeing how high up they are is something that would make a nervous flyer jumpy. The only problem with #1 was the prominently visible Southwest Airlines logo on the tip of the wing, which was mitigated by some deft textbox placement, so I think I'm prepared to vote for it as my top choice among the three banners. In a rather distant second is #3, the recycled banner from 2015, while the mundane and not nerve-wracking at all #2 places last. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 14:24, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I like #2 the best. The intended readers of this article are already nervous about flying, so I think it's better to use a calm image of flying that won't add to their nervousness. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:14, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I agree with Granger. It's gotta be #2. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:19, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I think we should do #3. The picture looks well-balanced. Next would be #1, and finally #2, because we don't want pictures of people who perhaps don't want to suddenly find themselves on the front page of Wikivoyage. Selfie City (talk) 13:41, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
We tend to shy away from (but don't outright forbid) photos of identifiable people being placed in prominent positions on the site, but that concern is mitigated by the fact that the people in #2 are facing away from the camera and thus not recognizable. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:28, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
  • #2, then #1. #2 is calm on-aircraft scene, and doesn't have the airline branding of the other two. AlasdairW (talk) 21:36, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Wales[edit]

Destination of the Month[edit]

Wales

Witness a living Celtic culture in a land of wet, green landscapes, historic castles, and spectacular mountains and coasts.

Destination of the Month[edit]

Wales

Witness a living Celtic culture in a land of wet, green landscapes, historic castles, and spectacular mountains and coasts.

Destination of the Month[edit]

Wales

Witness a living Celtic culture in a land of wet, green landscapes, historic castles, and spectacular mountains and coasts.

  • I would say the best one, by a miniscule amount, is #1. #2 is good as well but is very busy and is not easily associated with Wales; the first one, though, is quite obviously Wales. #3 is far behind the other two, being just a rather blurry picture of a plastic dragon. Selfie City (talk) 13:41, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
    • If I did out the original file of the dragon and recrop would it be worth considering? --Traveler100 (talk) 14:39, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
I guess it would, but the picture would need to include more of the castle behind it, I think. Also, what about this picture
ConwyBridges-01.jpg
(on the right) for a banner? It would need to edited, of course, but this could be an interesting one. Selfie City (talk) 15:21, 2 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Selfie City: I actually rather like #3; the dragon is certainly a well-known Welsh trope, and "offbeat" banners are not only perfectly acceptable but sometimes a welcome change of pace (see the banner from Kunming's October 2013 stint as DotM for another example). If not for the blurriness, the dragon would likely be my top choice; instead it's a close second behind the mountain landscape at #1. I don't care for #2 or the proposed #4. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:22, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I'd rate them in order: #1, #2, #3. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:44, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
  • An interesting collection. I rate them #2, #3, #1. I like #1, but to me it looks too like views that I am familiar with in the English Lake District, but the castle seems more distinctly Welsh in style, although there are probably some similar ones in England. It is a pity that there is no wind to show the castle flags. AlasdairW (talk) 21:32, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I may going against the grain but I prefer #3, then #2, then #1. Gizza (roam) 22:05, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I'd say #1, #2, #3. #3 is too blurry. —Granger (talk · contribs) 02:17, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Höfn[edit]

Aside from simply being very busy (planning for my upcoming trip to Spain has taking up most of my free time the past couple weeks), one of the reasons I've let the banner-making process get away from me is that I always rue the thought of having to find source images for relatively obscure places that probably don't have much in the way of coverage on Commons or Flickr. But maybe I shouldn't worry so much about that, because first Piton de la Fournaise and now Höfn have pleasantly surprised me with the variety and quality of available material. These banners in particular were a joy to work on because, when you read the article, you see that Höfn is a place without many notable points of interest per se but with a staggering wealth of picturesque natural beauty in its environs, which means the bannermaker can pretty much jettison any consideration of what's most relevant to the tourist experience and just worry about which image is the most eye-catching. That's precisely what I did here, to IMO really nice results. Let's see if you agree, and which of these you prefer. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 07:10, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

Off the Beaten Path[edit]

Höfn

This small town in southeast Iceland is known for two things: one of the region's most important lobster fisheries, and the mighty Vatnajökull icecap on its doorstep.

Off the Beaten Path[edit]

Höfn

This small town in southeast Iceland is known for two things: one of the region's most important lobster fisheries, and the mighty Vatnajökull icecap on its doorstep.

Off the Beaten Path[edit]

Höfn

This small town in southeast Iceland is known for two things: one of the region's most important lobster fisheries, and the mighty Vatnajökull icecap on its doorstep.

  • I'm going to break convention here and list my preferences from worst to first. Last-place finisher #2 does a good job depicting Höfn itself, and the fishing harbor is certainly the town's economic raison d'être. But that's not what tourists come to this part of the world for: the real appeal of this place is what's outside of town, rather than in town. As such, #3 (the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon) is enough of an improvement to earn a second-place finish: that's some undeniably stunning Arctic scenery and depicts one of the region's main points of interest as per the article, but the fact that the town itself doesn't play a part in the image itself is something I see as mildly problematic. I see #1 as the happy medium between the other two, showing Höfn's setting amidst all that resplendent natural majesty, not to mention the fact that it's the best image from an aesthetic point of view. So it gets my vote as top choice. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 07:10, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I think that all of these are awesome and I think all of them would be fine for the front page (good job AndreCarrotflower!), but the placement of #1 and the fact that #1 includes both elements of #2 (the village) and #3 (the Arctic) makes it the best by a hair. Selfie City (talk) 22:29, 16 June 2018 (UTC)