Saturday, September 4, 2010

Labor Day Forecast -- Busier Roads, Higher Prices

Consumer Reports writes that more than 3 million additional travelers will be sharing the nation’s highways during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, though the cost of this year’s trip will be a little higher than in 2009.
"AAA anticipates a 9.9 percent increase in travelers between this past Thursday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 6, with an estimated 34.4 million Americans getting away on trips of at least 50 miles from home, up from 31.3 million during last Labor Day weekend. In addition, the total of those hitting the road by car is expected to jump 10.3 percent, to 31.4 million, an increase from 28.5 million last year.

"While highways will be the escape route chosen by an overwhelming number of leisure travelers—91 percent of all vacationers will be driving—another 5 percent, or 1.6 million people, are expected to fly, while the rest will travel by rail, bus, or boat."
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