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Wikitravel:Region article template

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[NOTE: This is a template for creating articles about a geographical region. Regions are somewhat nebulous organizational groupings we use on Wikitravel to organize all the many cities in a country into some kind of navigable and comprehensible hierarchy. They can be sub-national political territories, like Minnesota or New South Wales, or more nebulous "tourist" regions like Normandy, or the American Southwest. Region articles tend to be more "soft", discussing the people, culture, climate, and cuisine in the region, rather than the legalistic stuff that's in a country article, or the addresses-and-phone-numbers stuff that's in a city article.

To quickly insert a complete blank region template, copy-and-paste the quick version into the edit box on the page you are editing, or simply use {{subst:region}}, which will expand into the region template on save.

Stuff in italics below is editorial comment, with suggestions for what should go in each section. You should plan on ruthlessly eliminating if you copy this code to a new region article.]


The introduction to a region does not have a heading. This is where you should put facts about the region. Links to the surrounding region -- like New England in the Connecticut article -- are helpful, as well as a link to the country. Rough borders for the region are a good thing to put here, too.

Regions

Regions can have sub-regions, and those can have further sub-regions, and so on and so forth. If this region contains other regions, list them here with brief info about each. If not, leave this section out.

If the sub-regions have specific names ("county", "state", "province", etc.) feel free to change the name of this header to "Counties", "States", etc.

  • The South -- warm and dry
  • The North -- cool and wet
  • The Coast -- beaches, great seafood
  • Inland -- agriculture and friendly people

Cities

It's usually a good idea, if there are a few prominent cities in the region, to list them here, since that's often all that travelers are looking for. Regions without sub-regions, though, just have cities in them. List links to each city, with a brief description for each. If there are more than about 10 cities, or there are clear or traditional sub-regions, consider breaking the region article up. If there really aren't any cities to list, leave out this section.

Lastly, if calling the settlements in this region "cities" is a real stretch -- say, for remote or rural areas with only towns and/or villages -- it's OK to rename this section 'Towns' or 'Villages' or 'Settlements' or whatever. But if there are lots of different kinds and sizes of settlements, just leave it as "Cities".

  • City 1 -- industrial port city but a good starting point
  • City 2 -- fun and funky, great nightlife
  • City 3 -- warm beaches and slow lifestyle
  • City 4 -- ancient castles and inspiring museums

Other destinations

Sometimes a region has destinations that aren't really cities; for example, large national parks. List them separately here, with descriptions, if they exist. Otherwise, leave out this section.

  • Park 1 -- incredible mountanous park, great hiking
  • Park 2 -- great rock formations and wildlife viewing

Understand

This is a more subjective description of the region -- what it's like, why someone would want to go there, the culture and atmosphere, the history, the weather, what makes it different and distinct from other regions.

Talk

If there are any language issues with the region that are different from the country as a whole, or the surrounding region, point them out here. Regional dialects of the national language, for example, are worth listing, as well as large local minority languages. Even local slang or sayings can be helpful to a first-time visitor. Consider linking to the phrasebook for the local language, if it's different from the country's language. If there really aren't any language issues, just leave this section out.

Get in

This is where you would note the best arrival points to start exploring this region from. For example, it would be worth listing Phoenix and Albuquerque as good starting points for the American Southwest. You can also give driving directions from large nearby cities that readers might be coming from. Save the nitty-gritty details of how to get to the main entry points for a region for their city pages, though. If there's just no clear entry point for the region -- say, like the American Midwest, just leave this section out.

Get around

This is where you'd give general information about how to get around the region once there. What are ways to see this region: by train, by car, by bus? Are there other options? This is also a good place to list regional travel discount passes or other purchasing options. Save point-to-point details for the individual city articles, though.

See

This is for a summary of attractions in the regions. Don't give full details about each attraction; you should have that in the article for the city where the attraction is. But if there are some attractions that people are going to be expecting to find out about in this region, or just attractions that people really shouldn't miss, have them listed here.

  • Attraction 1 in City 1 is really great.
  • Also don't miss Attraction 2 in City 3.
  • No trip to this region would be complete without stopping in City 2 and seeing Attraction 3.

Itineraries

This is where you can list any relevant itineraries, giving suggested courses of travel through the region with tips of things to see and do.

Do

This is for a summary of activities in the region, that is, things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do. Don't give full details about each activity; you should have that in the article for the city instead. But if there are some activities that people are going to be expecting to find out about in this region, or just activities that people really shouldn't miss, have them listed here. Not every activity in the region needs to be mentioned -- just ones that are so important people expect them to be on the main page for the region.

  • The fabulous Activity 1 in City 1 is a centerpiece of any visit to this region.
  • The adventurous may want to try Activity 2 in Region 3.
  • Hop over to City 2 for Activity 3.

Eat

This is a great place to describe the regional cuisine. Are there any specialties that travelers should try while they're in this region? Immigrant or minority populations with their own cuisine? Try to mention lots of types of food, and keep people on special diets -- like vegetarians or people eating kosher -- in mind. Don't mention individual restaurants or such in the region article -- save that for the individual city articles.

Drink

This (kind of badly named) section is for all kinds of nightlife, not just drinking. Are there regional specialties for alcohol, wine, beer, etc.? What about music and entertainment, like honky tonks for Texas or folk music in the Atlantic Provinces? What is there to do in this region that makes it different?

Stay safe

If there are any particular safety issues -- crime, weather, etc. -- for the region in general, list them here.

Get out

This is for suggestions for moving on from the region. Are there other nearby regions to visit? If you don't have suggestions, leave this section out.

External links

If there are Web sites about the region that you haven't linked to in the article text, you can list them here. Try to concentrate on first sources, like official Web sites for the region.