AAA expects high Labor Day travel

AAA expects high Labor Day travel The early arrival of Labor Day – most of the holiday weekend falls in August this year – could help spur Americans to travel in numbers that are the highest in at least nine years this upcoming holiday weekend, according to AAA.

AAA estimates that 33.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, up about 1.8 percent from last year. (The previous high for Labor Day travel was 33.2 million in 1995.)

Approximately 28.2 million travelers (84 percent of all holiday travelers) expect to go by motor vehicle, a 2.2 percent increase from the 27.6 million who drove a year ago.

Another 3.7 million (11 percent of holiday travelers) plan to travel by airplane, down 2.6 percent from last Labor Day holiday. A projected 1.5 million vacationers (5 percent) will go by train, bus, or other mode of transportation, up from 1.4 million a year ago.

"The early arrival of Labor Day will cut summer short for many families, placing a bit more emphasis on this last shot at summer vacation," said AAA Travel Vice President Sandra Hughes. "The potentially record high holiday travel reflects continued strong vacation travel among Americans as the summer has progressed."

AAA's Labor Day travel projections are based on a national travel survey of 1,300 adults by the Travel Industry Association, which conducts special research for AAA.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its 44 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

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