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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.
==Finding travel information==
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]].
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.
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. 
For general questions, post a message in our [[Wikitravel:Travellers' pub|Travellers' pub]].
You're free to use the articles in Wikitravel in almost any way, thanks to our [[:shared:Copyleft|copyleft]] license.
==Share your knowledge==
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. 
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]]).
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).
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]].
==More information==
We have quite a bit of [[Wikitravel:help|help]] documentation to make reading and editing Wikitravel as easy as we can.
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.
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.
==See also==
*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, Wikipedians|Welcome, Wikipedians]]
*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, business owners|Welcome, business owners]]
*[[Wikitravel:Welcome, tourism professionals|Welcome, tourism professionals]]
*[[Wikitravel:Welcome message|How to welcome newcomers]]
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[[nl:Wikitravel:Welkom, nieuwkomers]]
[[ro:Wikitravel:Bun venit]]
[[ru:Wikitravel:Добро пожаловать, новички]]
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