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Online Health, Safety and Well-Being Resources

Check out our recommendations for web-based and app resources for your travels abroad. This information can also be accessed and downloaded at M-Box.

Country Specific

1. ProQuest CultureGrams

Guides to the culture, customs, people, language and social / business etiquette of countries around the world

2. State Department Country Information

3. OSAC Crime and Safety Reports

4. Canada Govt. Country Insights

Canadian and local perspectives on cultures and peoples around the worlds.

5. Africa Guide

6. WikiTravel

Health

1. International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)

Uses information compiled from the CDC, World Health Organization, International Society for Infectious Disease' and peer reviewed articles in medical and scientific journals to make travel health recommendations based on country.

2. Passport Health (information only – services not endorsed)

Extensive country-specific information on the travel health risks existing around the world as well as tips on avoiding travelers' diarrhea and other common issues encountered while abroad

3. UM Travel Health Education Program

Online web-based quiz session focused on travel health aimed at students preparing to travel internationally.

Mental Health

1. Resilient Traveling

Website built by the UM School of Social Work to help students manage stress and enhance their experience abroad

2. UM Counseling and Pyschology Services (CAPS)

734.764.8312

3. Preparations for Travel with Mental Health Conditions

Mobility International USA guide to preparing for any mental health challenges you may face abroad.

4. List of International Crisis Hotlines

Passports & Visas

1. Passport Health (information only – services not endorsed)

Extensive country-specific information travel document needs in order to lawfully enter countries around the world.

2. U.S. Government – Foreign Travel Advice

LGBTQ+

1. EqualDex

A collaborative LGBT knowledge base with information, data, maps, timelines, etc of LGBT laws by country, state, province and region.

2. GlobalGayz

A charitable, gay-owned site about gay travel culture, and les-bi-gay-trans LGBT life in over 190 countries, based on first-hand staff visits.

3. State Department Recommendations

4. List of LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Resources

Created by the NAFSA Rainbow SIG group, this list includes links that discusses trans students, LGBTQ+ travel blogs, mental health, region specific resources, and scholarships.

Food & Diet

1. SelectWisely

Provides travel translation cards for people with food allergies, gluten free celiac disease, diabetes, latex allergy, lactose intolerance, asthma.

2. KashRut

Devoted to providing up-to-date information about kosher food including mislabeled products and useful information for the kosher consumer.

3. Happy Cow

Dining guide to healthy vegetarian restaurants, vegan restaurants, natural health food stores in the US and abroad

4. Food Safety Tips

5. Halal Travel guide

Sexual Assault

1. SAPAC

Promotes social change and activism on two levels: through the professional services we provide to the University of Michigan community. UM Sexual Assault and Prevention crisis hotline: 734.936.3333.

2. RAINN

Guide to sexual assault prevention programs.

Advice

1. Packing Light - One Bag

2. Healthy Travel

Tips on being health while traveling the world.

3. More Travel Tips

Mobile Apps

**WHATSAPP

Fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free*, available on phones all over the world. LSA Emergency Responders use this as a form of communication.

SMARTTRAVELER

Official State Department app for U.S. travelers, invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.

SITATA TRAVELSAFE

Avoid tourist scams, quickly find hospitals, and stay up to date with real-time travel alerts. “Sitata is the most comprehensive travel safety platform on the planet.”

GOOGLE MAPS

Get around your city without data with offline maps, find public transit schedules, and star your favorite places

GOOGLE TRANSLATE

Translations for over 100 languages via typing, talking and snapping pictures of signs in foreign languages - text translations available offline.

HAPPYCOW

Find vegan and vegetarian restaurants anywhere in the world.

SAFETURE PRO

Find the safety rating of any city anywhere in the world

ITRANSLATE

Translate text or websites, start voice conversations or lookup words, meanings.

CDCTRAVWELL

Build a trip to get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel packing list

PACKPOINT

Organize what you need to pack based on length of travel, weather at your destination and any activities planned during your trip.

GEOBLUE

With the GeoBlue® mobile app, world travelers have convenient access to the best local doctors, hospitals, and resources anywhere in the world

SICKWEATHER

Scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain.

TRIPWHISTLE

Dial local emergency police, fire, and ambulance phone numbers anywhere in the world with a single touch.

GPSMYCITY

Explore self-guided walking tours in cities around the world, without data.

HEADSPACE

A soothing guided meditation and mindfulness app.

MYTAXI

Find, book, and pay for a taxi with this app anywhere

ALLERGICTRAVELER

Translate your allergy & religious dietary restrictions to communicate your needs: 30 languages, no wifi needed.

CIRCLE OF 6

Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help.

WIFI MAP/FREE WIFI FINDER

Find WiFi hotspots on a map that can be downloaded to save data.

FLIGHTAWARE

Track flights online, see a live map, check delays and cancellations.