Labor Day weekend 2015 is officially upon us and according to AAA, this Labor Day, travelers should expect crowds.
The Labor Day holiday is typically considered the end of summer for many travelers as school begins in cities around the country this coming week, if they are not already in session. While most destinations are assured of increased numbers of visitors, this Labor Day looks even more promising than in years past. In fact, according to AAA, the number of American’s heading out more than 50 miles this Labor Day weekend is 35.5 million. This is an increase of 1% from 2014 and even more from years past. Statistics from years past put this number at the highest it has been since 2008. This marks the 4th year in a row that the number of travelers has risen during the Labor Day holiday.
A decrease in the number of unemployed, solid market gains, lower gas prices and rising wages are all playing a role in the number of travelers expected to hit the road this holiday weekend.
What to Expect
If you are planning on traveling this Labor Day holiday, it is important that you know what to expect. As the majority of those traveling this holiday will be traveling by auto, you should expect delays. The best way to avoid these delays is to anticipate them and to stagger your drive time. It is also a wise idea to take advantage of other roadways which may be less congested during this time. Travel apps such as Waze and INRIX are just two of the many apps created to assist motorists in avoiding traffic backups, construction and other hassles while driving. A little bit of preparation during this holiday weekend can go a long way in terms of saving you time, stress and even money.
The recession which America has been coping with for years, seems to be a thing of the past and as people become more comfortable and less concerned with past financial difficulties, we can expect the number of travelers to increase during other times of the year as well. If you are one of the millions heading out this Labor Day, Jandar Vacations would like to wish you safe travels! Enjoy the holiday, the quality time with friends and family and make the most of your end of summer this Labor Day.