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Summer Beach Reading 2009

Maybe it’s because I live in San Francisco where summer is a relative term, but I’ve found myself really craving all the staples of summer: backyard barbecues and lightning bugs, beach umbrellas and that coconut-scent of sunscreen, and–of course–a can’t-put-down page-turner of a paperback. As it is, we’re already well into summer and I haven’t blogged yet about this summer’s beach reading—maybe because it just doesn’t feel like summer yet out here in the fog-belt.

But I realize the rest of the country is simmering. And what’s a beach vacation without a sandy book to take shelter in? So without further ado, click here for this year’s list from NPR, which includes everything from poetry and non-fiction to crime novels and cookbooks. Hunter S. Thompson interviews, wicked plants, tacos, and noir are among the broad range of subjects covered.

A Reason to Love Mondays: @JetBlueCheeps

Today is round two of JetBlue’s “cheep” fares on Twitter. Launched last week and already nearly 10,000 followers strong, word is out on these ultra-low fares. The “cheeps” are announced each Monday morning at 10am and are for one-way travel the following Saturday. The catch? You’ll have to pay the regular fare for one leg of your trip. Still, the super-low one-way fare significantly decreases the total cost of flying.

Staying on top of these “cheeps” and being decisive is key to snagging one-way fares for as little as $9. I considered taking advantage of a $9 Portland to New York fare for this Saturday, but delayed on making a decision and ultimately missed out. There are between 25 – 50 seats allotted at the rock-bottom prices and once they’re gone, they’re gone. This morning’s sale included:

Long Beach to San Francisco – $9

Burbank to Las Vegas – $9

Portland (ME) to New York – $9

New York to Washington, DC – $9

Follow Friday: Be Inspired by Keith Jenkins

Editor’s Note: Inspired by Follow Friday on Twitter, I am profiling (in far more than 140 characters) extraordinary travelers who you, too, should follow! Through these profiles, I want to introduce you to globetrotting souls that follow their hearts to places near and far, so join me each Friday in my quest to be inspired by some of the most intriguing adventure seekers on our planet!

Be Inspired by: Keith Jenkins, Amsterdam
Follow him:
@velvetescape

Camels & Chocolate: How to Handle an Emergency While Traveling

Please join us in welcoming Kristin Luna to The Window Seat. She lives in San Francisco and is the writer of the Bloggie-award-winning travel blog Camels and Chocolate.

When I scheduled my 28-hour stopover in Helsinki, I thought I’d do a whirlwind tour of the city, snapping some quality architecture shots in true shutterbug fashion and doing little else. Au contraire, naïve one. Instead, I spent the majority of my time in Finland getting acquainted with the downtown poliisi precinct.

On my way to the ferry station to purchase my ticket to Estonia, I was crossing at the green crosswalk like the law-abiding citizen I am. Out of nowhere, a minivan cab came whipping around the way, and performed an illegal U-turn—at a red light at that—before I had time to contemplate my next move.