Traveling is hip thanks to the Internet and new rules at some colleges requiring students to spend time studying abroad. This effort to shape global citizens has more students signing up to see the world.

The number of U.S. students participating in study abroad programs has almost tripled since the mid-1980s, with nearly 200,000 Americans studying abroad each year, according to the Institute of International Education's 2005 Report.

As more American students go abroad, travel information is becoming increasingly tailored to a younger demographic. Publishers and brands such as MTV are responding to the trend, eager to provide fresh material geared toward young globetrotters.

Whether they are spending a semester teaching in China or backpacking across Europe, young travelers want to hit the major sights, experience the night life and take home stories that they can exaggerate to friends for years to come.

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