If you’re planning on some Labor Day travel this year, prepare yourself, it’s going to be intense.

According to AAA, 34.1 million people are expected to be traveling between Thursday August 29th and Monday September 2nd. That’s quite an increase (about 4.2 percent) from last year’s 32.7 million people who traveled. “AAA is forecasting a lift in Labor Day travel this year due to the increasingly positive economic outlook and optimism in the housing market,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet.  “For many Americans, their home is also their biggest asset, as home prices improve in many parts of the country more families are feeling comfortable about traveling this Labor Day holiday.”

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Infographic via AAA.

And in case you’re wondering how said people will be traveling, it looks like 29.2 million of them will be getting from point A to point B by car, while 2.61 million will be traveling by air. Also, a word to the wise, if you are traveling, try to head back home on Sunday, since Monday is the most popular date to return back home. Believe us, you’re going to want to avoid that traffic.

Now, if these numbers have you a little scared, you can also plan a staycation by taking part in the wonderful (and walkable!) attractions in your local area, although keep in mind, the next Federal Holiday won’t be until Columbus Day, which falls on Monday, October 13 this year. Head over to AAA for more information about Labor Day travel!


Are you planning some Labor Day travel?




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