A new survey released Friday reveals that travel over the Labor Day weekend is expected to be up 6 percent from last year at this time. The survey, conducted by TripAdvisor, showed that of the 1,200 surveyed 33 percent of them were planning Labor Day trips.
Labor Day Travel Trends
Driving is the most popular mode of transportation (63 percent) this Labor Day, while 30 percent will take to the skies.
Of those traveling for the holiday weekend, 42 percent plan to visit family and friends. Twenty-five percent are trekking to the great outdoors, 24 percent will make a beeline for the ocean, and 20 percent will go on a city escape.
AAA Labor Day Travel Forecast
The 2013 AAA Labor Day Travel Forecast projects 4.2 percent more Americans will go more than 50 miles this year than in 2012. The total is a new post-recession high with the most Labor Day travelers since 2008.
"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," AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet said in a statement.
Another factor that may affect the increase is the date of Labor Day this year, September 2. Americans have shown a higher inclination to travel when the holiday falls earlier in the month, AAA has found.
"The three highest-volume holiday travel years since 2000 have come in 2008, 2003, and 2002, when Labor Day fell on either September 1 or 2," the report notes.
The average Labor Day traveler will go nearly 600 miles round trip and spend $804, $55 more than in 2012, AAA determined.
Of those traveling, 85 percent will take to the roads and 8 percent will fly.