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AAA Predicts Increase in Labor Day Travel

AAA is predicting a nearly 10 percent increase in travel this Labor Day holiday, with approximately 34.4 million people expected to take a trip. That’s an increase of 10 percent over last year, but still falls short of 2008’s 45 million mark. Last year was one of the slowest on record.

Some 91 percent of all travelers will drive, and the average trip distance is expected to be around 635 miles. Gas should be reasonable, between $2.65 and $2.75 per gallon.

AAA says the predictions are a sign of economic recovery, with more people taking to the road for one last summer trip. The agency estimates the average family will spend just under $700 for their trip.

As for me, I won’t be traveling at all. I’ll have family visiting for a long weekend of beach time (hopefully—weather permitting) and barbecue. What’s your plan for the holiday weekend?

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