You can make a valuable contribution to Wikitravel in just five minutes. However, before you start, be aware that the Wikitravel copyleft allows your contributions to be used elsewhere, edited by others, and even copied or sold as long as you are given proper attribution.
- What to add. Choose any attraction, park, view, bar, pub or restaurant that you are enthusiastic about and would like to share information about. It should be somewhere you know and have visited, but it really doesn't matter if you have been there while travelling, or if it is in your local area. You don't have to be an expert. Your experience and perspective is valuable to others like you.
- How to describe it. Decide what type of person would like to visit, and what are the features that would make them want to visit. Everybody has different interests, from birdwatching to adventure sports, from quiet country pub to the latest urban beats. Help travellers find what they like. If you like it, what are your interests that make you like it? If you know the best way to get there, or the best time to experience it, add that too. Don't use I, me,, us, or we in the description. Don't hesitate to use you, though, when addressing the reader.
- Find the right article. Wikitravel articles are named after the geographical location. Select the best article based on where the attraction is. If it is outside of a town, you might have to place it where travellers would normally stay when visiting it.
- Find the right section. See for sights. Do for activities. Drink for nightlife, pubs and bars, Eat for restaurants, cafes, and fast food. More in Where you can stick it.
- Add your entry. If you aren't familiar with editing a wiki, you can just click add listing next to the section you are adding to, enter the information in the correct boxes, and you are finished. If you want to edit using the Wiki syntax instead, try to put the name in bold, prefixed with a asterisk (*), followed by your description all on one line, or click on one of the standard templates at the bottom of the edit page.
- All done. That's it for now. Your information is now in the guide for all to see, in less than five minutes.
If you only have five minutes try to avoid:
- Changing section headings - even if you don't like them. Wikitravel uses a standard template for each article. You are welcome to suggest changes, but count on spending more than five minutes to do the convincing.
- Creating a new article If you only have five minutes use it wisely by adding content and not creating new articles--it's because our regional structure can take a little more than five minutes to come to terms with. So just find the closest or best fit, and add your content there.
- Writing about culture. Wikitravel articles often have Respect or Understand sections, which attract extensive contributions on culture. However, your five minutes is best spent adding practical advice and suggestions, and letting the traveller discover the culture for themselves when they get there.
- Writing about things you don't like. Don't waste your five minutes on Wikitravel telling travellers about places they don't want to go, sharing your insight into somewhere travellers would want to go is infinitely more valuable!
- Encyclopaedic or promotional language. Writing that something is fantastic or the best can be meaningless to a reader who may have different interests to you. Remember to think of why you like something, and say it in the normal words you would use. Don't adopt the tone of a tourism board, or a neutral point of view just because you are writing in a guide. Your natural conversational tone, and your genuine interest in what you are describing is what we are hoping to capture!
If you want to get more involved, or learn more about Wikitravel you could start by reading the manual of style, and the help files which will give you an in-depth description, or by looking at some of our star articles.