Fort Lauderdale

Snow day leads to personal day off in sunny Fort Lauderdale.

We’ve had some frigid weather here, but hardly any snow.  The cold caused several weird “snow days” off due to low temperatures and black ice. Snow days will always be a source of pure joy for teachers. It is such a beautiful moment when all the cell phones start ringing, and you hear Chuck’s voice […]

NYC trip report

New York City Trip Report

Mrs. JumpStart, JS Jill, Jill’s friend, and I took a quick trip to New York City before Christmas.  My previous post described the train trip.  It was our first stay at the Times Square Sheraton, and we reserved 2 rooms for 2 nights.  The Sheraton costs 12,000 Starwood points per night. Sheraton Times Square New […]


Train Trip from Roanoke to New York City

Roanoke has been filled with excitement over the new Amtrak train station opening. Mrs. JumpStart, JS Jill, her friend, and I took a quick train trip from Roanoke to New York City, at Christmas time. Departure. After waking up a little before 6 AM, JumpStart Jack dropped us off after the 5 minute drive downtown, […]

Mr. JumpStart and family

Why We Travel Hack.

The JumpStart family works hard to achieve high credit scores, but it isn’t about borrowing money. Our mortgages are a few years old, and have pretty low rates.  I just bought a car without a credit pull, because I paid cash.  We declined the Stafford loans offered for my son’s tuition. Our family wants a high […]

2018 Summer Travel Planning is Underway.

  It’s August, new sets of students are coming this week, and so it’s time to begin thinking about next summer’s unemployment.  I’ve got a bunch of miles, with a bunch of airlines, but it is difficult to redeem miles in the summer, especially for a family of 4, with a preference for first class […]