Wikitravel was a wiki founded in 2003, allowing volunteer authors to add and edit content related to worldwide travel and tourism. All content on the site was published under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license. In 2005, the domain name was purchased by Internet Brands, a for-profit company. In 2012, a group of volunteer site administrators and authors approached the Wikimedia Foundation about making a new travel-oriented wiki, which would incorporate some of the content from Wikitravel owned by contributors.
Internet Brands filed a lawsuit against two of those Wikitravel editors, asserting trademark infringement, unfair competition, and civil conspiracy. Internet Brands dismissed their claims.