Conversations with Travelers

The personal thoughts offered here may grow from experiences in a particular location, but are easily translated to many destinations.  Check back often as this page is updated to help you prepare for your travel, become comfortable in your circumstances, and navigate your new surroundings more safely!

Safely Navigating a City

Many cities endure their share of petty crime. So, it pays to be careful — remain with friends and avoid overcrowded pubs or nightclubs, especially late at night.

Any large, urban environment presents risks.  Plan each activity to mitigate known dangers so you can enjoy your time abroad without unwanted issues and distractions.

Learning from Locals

Adjusting to new surroundings can be tough. Remain aware of your physical surroundings until you develop a better “feel” for the local culture and community. 

As you settle into your new home, be sure to learn how to respond in case of a fire, natural disaster or other threat to your well-being. Know how to call for help, and how to get out of the home quickly.

Gender and sexual harassment

If you become uncomfortable in your circumstances or fear for your well-being for any reason, leave the situation immediately and report it to your program office and your UW-Madison study abroad advisor.

When you go out, ensure that someone knows where you are going, how you will get there, and when you plan to return. Remain in groups of two or more, especially at night.