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Wikipedia launches new travel site

There's a new guide to travel in town, and it comes from the creators of Wikipedia. Wikivoyage, currently in beta, will be ready for prime time on January 15, according to the travel site Skift.
 
Wikivoyage contains more than 25,000 articles on places around the world. The articles can be viewed on a number of devices—desktop, notebook, smartphone, and tablet—and can be freely downloaded as a PDF file, printed, or even gathered into a book so you can create a custom guide for a trip.

Each article is laid out in the familiar Wikipedia format and will provide historical information about a location as well as suggestions how to get there and travel around within it, what to see and do while there, and information on the essentials—eating, drinking, shopping, and sleeping.

Thus far, eight languages are supported by the website, although all the articles aren't translated into all the languages yet.

Wikivoyage has been in beta since September and has been a source of controversy since its launch.

The Wikipedia community voted 540-152 in August 2012 to set up a travel wiki under the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, which now includes Wikivoyage. 
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