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Welcome to [[Wikitravel:About|Wikitravel]]! We, the [[Wikitravel:Wikitravellers|Wikitravellers]] who've made it, hope that you enjoy what you see and that you join us in making a [[:shared:Copyleft|free]], up-to-date, complete and reliable world-wide travel guide.
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Wikipedia is apparently being filtered by the maintenance on this site. Unfortunately, the method they are using to make sure the maintenance is working makes it impossible for Wikipedia to differentiate between legitimate users and those abusing the site. '''As a result, we have been forced to block several IP addresses, users, and proxies from editing and/or viewing Wikipedia.'''
  
==Finding travel information==
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'''Unregistered and new users:''' If you are in a unregistered account block, [[Wikipedia:Why create an account?|an account can be created]] to allow you to edit. Please use [http://toolserver.org/~acc/ this form] to request an account under your preferred username. In general, these blocks only prevent users who are not logged in from editing; once you are logged in, the block will no longer affect you in any way. If e-mailing, please refer to this block in your message.
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Wikipedia tries to be open, but we sometimes must [[Wikipedia:Blocking policy|block]] a range of [[IP address]]es or an entire network, to prevent editing by abusers, vandals, or block evaders.
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<font color="red">'''These "range blocks" can affect users who have done nothing wrong. If you are a legitimate user, follow the instructions below to edit despite the block'''</font>. Users who are the intended target of a range block may still [[Wikipedia:Guide to appealing blocks|appeal the block]].
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[[Wikipedia:Why create an account?|Registered users]] are still able to edit as long as they subscribe to gold. If you are currently blocked from creating an account, use our [http://toolserver.org/~acc account creation tool] to request an account with details of your block as explained below. Alternatively, you could have edited anonymously, and create an account through, our secure erver, which does  currently seem to be affected badly.
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More information may be found on [[Special:Mytalk|your talk page]]. You may wish to contact our sysops or bureaucrats to inquire about this issue.
  
Travel guides on Wikitravel are mostly arranged geographically.  You generally won't find articles on attractions, hotels and restaurants, but you hopefully will find all that information and more in our destination guide articles for countries, cities, and towns.  
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We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  
You can try '''[[Wikitravel:Search help|searching]]''' for the destination you are interested in.  You may be taken immediately to a guide for that destination, or if there isn't a guide on that destination, you will see a list of articles that mention it. You can also try searching for the name of a attraction you are looking for, and the search will return a list of relevant articles.
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[[File:Wikipedia Checkuser.svg|40px|left]]'''[[Wikipedia:CheckUser|CheckUser]] Evidence has determined that this IP address or network has been used (not necessarily by you) to disrupt Wikipedia. It has been blocked from editing to prevent further abuse.''' If you get this message, please read the following information.
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| style="border-top: 1px solid #AAA; padding-top: 0.5em;" | Wikipedia tries to be open, but we sometimes must [[Wikipedia:Blocking policy|block]] a range of [[IP address]]es or an entire network, to prevent editing by abusers, vandals, or block evaders. <font color="red">'''These "range blocks" can affect users who have done nothing wrong. If you are a legitimate user, follow the instructions below to edit despite the block'''</font>. Users who are the intended target of a range block may still [[Wikipedia:Guide to appealing blocks|appeal the block]].
  
Alternatively, you can '''browse''' through our geographical hierarchy.  You can start at the continents and regions listed on our [[Main Page]], and work your way down through the region, city and district links to the area you are interested in.
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<span style="border:#707070 solid 1px;background-color:#e0ffe0;padding:2px">'''IP users (without an account):'''</span> If you do not currently have a account and wish to bypass this block, [[Wikipedia:Why create an account?|an account can be created]] to allow you to edit. Please use [http://toolserver.org/~acc/ this form] to request an account under your preferred username. In general, these blocks only prevent users who are not logged in from editing; once you are logged in, the block will no longer affect you in any way. It is important that you '''use an e-mail address issued to you by your ISP, school, or organisation''', so we may verify that you are a legitimate user. If using the form, please refer to this block under "comments". If e-mailing, please refer to this block in your message.
  
After you have found the guide for the area you are interested in, there may still be more information waiting for you to read.  We don't cover information on how to get into a country in every destination guide.  You won't find visa information for [[Australia]] in the [[Sydney]] article.  So, if you are coming from further afield, you may want to refer to the breadcrumb links at the top of the page, and read the country or region guide, to make sure you have the full picture.
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<span style="border:#707070 solid 1px;background-color:#e0ffe0;padding:2px">'''Registered users (with an account):'''</span> You may request [[Wikipedia:IP block exemption|IP block exemption]] to bypass blocks unconnected with you that affect your editing. Post an [[Wikipedia:Guide to appealing blocks|unblock request]] to your user talk page.
  
We don't list general travel information in every guide.  We have helpful articles on things like [[money]], [[visa|visas]], how to [[stay safe]] and how to deal with [[Talk|language barriers]] in our [[travel topics|list of travel topics]].
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Editing by unregistered users from your shared [[IP address]] or address range may be currently disabled. However, you are still able to edit if you [[Wikipedia:Why create an account?|sign in with an account]]. If you are currently blocked from creating an account, you may use [http://toolserver.org/~acc/ this form] to request a username. Please '''use an email address issued to you by your ISP, school or organization''' so that we may verify that you are a legitimate user on this network. Please reference this block in the comment section of either form.
  
Remember that Wikitravel is an open guide that anyone can edit.  Often that means you can get up to the minute information and inside information on attractions and the latest buzz, but sometimes it means that some information can be unverified and unreliable.  As with any other guide, you should double check and confirm any information that is critical to the success of your travels.
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If you have particular travel questions that aren't covered in a guide, you can ask a [[Wikitravel:What is a docent?|docent]].  A docent is a volunteer guide, and if there is one for your area there will be a link in the sidebar on the left containing their contact information. 
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For general questions, post a message in our [[Wikitravel:Travellers' pub|Travellers' pub]].
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You're free to use the articles in Wikitravel in almost any way, thanks to our [[:shared:Copyleft|copyleft]] license.
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==Share your knowledge==
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This is a '''reader-created''' Web site; all the information you see in Wikitravel was contributed by Internet users just like you. We're trying to create, illustrate, and edit a travel guide for the ''entire world'', and '''we need your [[Wikitravel:ways to help Wikitravel|help]]'''. It's a ''humongous'' job. As they say, though, "Many hands make light work;" anything you can do to contribute is appreciated. You don't have to be an "expert" in travel; you just have to be interested enough to get started. 
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You're always welcome to [[Wikitravel:plunge forward|plunge forward]] and make changes to '''any page''' on the site (including this one). Just click the '''Edit this page''' link, and you'll get a Web form that lets you [[Wikitravel:how to edit a page|change the contents]] of the page. Hit '''Save page''', and your version is what's shown on the site. (If you're nervous, feel free to practice on the  [[Wikitravel:graffiti wall|graffiti wall]]).
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If you find yourself getting more involved, you may want to read our [[Wikitravel:tips for new contributors|tips for new contributors]]. Our list of [[Wikitravel:goals and non-goals|goals and non-goals]] give a good idea of what we're trying to do with Wikitravel. If you've got some specific info you want to share, we have some guidelines on [[Wikitravel:where you can stick it|where you can stick it]] (pun intended). You can also read our [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]] for more clues as to how to edit and layout guides, but don't worry too much about that stuff if you don't want. Don't forget to [[Wikitravel:How to describe yourself|describe yourself]] on your user page to help other contributors to communicate with you (and even to ask for your help sometimes).
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There are other [[Wikitravel:ways to help Wikitravel|ways to help Wikitravel]], too. We have a lot of [[Wikitravel:help wanted|stuff]] that needs to be done. And if you have special skills or interests, consider joining a related [[Wikitravel:Expeditions|Expedition]].
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==More information==
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We have quite a bit of [[Wikitravel:help|help]] documentation to make reading and editing Wikitravel as easy as we can.
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If you have any questions about Wikitravel, please read our [[Wikitravel:FAQ|FAQ]] first to see if it's already answered. If not, feel free to ask your question in the [[Wikitravel:travellers' pub|travellers' pub]], where friendly Wikitravellers will help guide your way.
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We can't say how important it is to us that '''you''' are reading and contributing on Wikitravel. If you need ''anything'', just ask us (however you can). We want you to enjoy Wikitravel, to find the info you need, and (we hope) to be inspired to '''share your knowledge''' with others.
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==See also==
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*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, Wikipedians|Welcome, Wikipedians]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, business owners|Welcome, business owners]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, tourism professionals|Welcome, tourism professionals]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Welcome message|How to welcome newcomers]]
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