MTV Travel Guides Show Hip Travelers Where to Go, Stay and Play

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Frommer's and MTV have launched a new series of travel guidebooks just in time for second semester abroad and Spring Break planning. MTV Europe, MTV Italy and MTV Ireland are filled with attitude and insight, and bring a fresh perspective to must-see destinations. They're here to show hip, youthful travelers the places to be, with choices for every budget to help get the most out of every trip.

Study abroad for college students in the United States reached an all-time high last year, with a record 190,000+ students participating in programs, and the numbers are growing. With the start of second semester just around the corner (let's not forget Spring Break!) and numerous RailEurope passes purchased, thousands of adventurous and fun-seeking students are gearing up for the time of their lives! Best of all, they now have guidebooks written specifically for them. Fresh, edgy, irreverent and opinionated, MTV Travel Guides provide no-nonsense, insider advice on everything from staying in the best hostels to booking student tickets on-line for the Louvre to buying vintage chic for the chillest nightlife.

Writers were recruited through a nationwide search conducted on mtvU.com---the website for mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network-where more than 500 college-aged writers competed for 10 coveted spots. A few of the selected writers have suggested the following activities from the first three books in the series:

MTV Guide to Europe by Valerie Conners, Sylvie Hogg, Andre Legaspi, Colleen Taylor, Kitty Hall, Ari Cohen, Mayling Ganuza, Christi Daugherty, Hana Mastrini / $24.99 / 0-7645-8499-5

Freischwimmer, a fantastic bar along a canal, is always full of chill East Berliners downing some cocktails and listening to some snazzy tunes. If music and dancing is top on your list, a night of flamenco is absolutely necessary when you're roaming the streets of Seville. Whirling dresses, emphatic foot stomping and contagious clapping will have you practicing your dance moves for weeks after. Finally, we all know what Amsterdam is famous for, but the city's brown cafes are amazing haunts that have been doling out perfectly poured pints for their patrons for centuries. Bartenders go to amazing lengths to make sure your pint is always perfect. The Dutch take great pride in this age-old tradition and it's something to witness firsthand.

MTV Guide to Ireland by Olivia Edward, Clare O'Connor and Christi Daugherty / $21.99 / 0-7645-8774-9

Take a day off from your busy, Guinness-drinking schedule for a surf lesson in the freezing North Atlantic at Lahinch in beautiful, cliff-lined County Clare. Or, if you're not feeling particularly adventurous, take in a traditional Irish music session at The Crane in Galway-this place is the genuine article, complete with fiddles and old men in tweed. An absolute must is a trip to see the eighth wonder of the world, the Giant's Causeway-thousands of hexagonal pillars made of basalt, forming a natural plane of steps out to the Antrim shoreline. To avoid the crowds, head to The Burren in County Clare, an extraordinary moon-like landscape where badgers and stoats will be your sole company amid the rocks.

MTV Guide to Italy by Sylvie Hogg, Brad Archer, Taryn Firkser, Andre Legaspi, Anne Laurella and John Moretti / $23.99 / 0-7645-8771-4

Perugia and Bologna are completely overlooked by most first-time travelers, but these hip and manageable university towns are the first places to visit if you want to meet other students and break into the local scene. In the summer, take a break from Italy's endless art and architecture and indulge your inner sun worshipper on the fabulous, unspoiled islands of Ponza and Panarea, or in the anything-goes beach party towns of Rimini and Riccione, on the Adriatic coast. If you really want to understand modern Italian culture, get tickets to a soccer game-all the big cities have teams that play in Italy's premier league, and the atmosphere at the stadium is electric.

The guides' "MTV Best" icons highlight the most happening places and things to do, while "mtvU" icons provide handy, practical tips for students studying abroad. "Free" icons point readers to museums with no admission charge, complimentary bar food, and no-cover charge entertainment.

The series will continue with guides for Spain, France, England and American Road Trips in April 2007. MTV Travel Guides podcasts with the writers are available for download on frommers.com/podcast or iTunes.com.

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