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September 01, 2014

It’s Labor Day Weekend! Where Will Your Travels Take You?

Road_trip-thinkstock-464324775-sNearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the Labor Day holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans have journeyed 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

“As the economy makes modest gains, more Americans are joining the labor force this year,” said AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney. “With Labor Day symbolizing the American workers’ contributions to the strength and prosperity of our country, it’s only fitting that millions are choosing to celebrate this positive direction with an all-American road trip.”

 

2014-Labor-Travel-Forecast_FinalTravelers likely to pay lower gas prices for Labor Day

Most U.S. consumers are paying the lowest gas prices for early August since 2010. AAA expects gas prices to have little impact on the number of people traveling over the Labor Day holiday, though lower prices could help make travel more affordable.  Barring a major development, such as a Gulf Coast hurricane, prices are likely to remain relatively low leading up to the holiday weekend compared to recent years, which will allow travelers to allocate more of their budgets towards travel expenses. The current price of gas is $3.44 compared to $3.59 on Labor Day last year. AAA provides the latest gas prices for the nation, states and metro areas at FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com.

The 2014 Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1.

 

Want to know more about the history of Labor Day? 

Labor Day weekend is much more than just the last long weekend before Fall - Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, and here at Ask Patty we'd like to thank you in particular, the women of the work force.   

AskPatty has compiled a fun collection of Labor Day history and facts courtesy of the US Department of Labor website. 

 

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