Labor Day Travel

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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:34am

With a gallon of gas costing a dollar more than last year, highways are not going to be as busy this Labor Day weekend.

With gas costing a dollar more than last Labor Day, and with airfares up as much as 13- percent, Americans will not be traveling that much, or far this last long weekend of summer.

Triple-A predicts travel will be down two and a half percent this year.

With schools also being back in session, it adds to shorter distances traveled.

"It makes sense that over this weekend in particular, people are thinking about a quick trip as opposed to a longer vacation," said Travelocity's Genevieve Shaw Brown.

Industry experts say the reduced travel is actually resulting in reduced travel costs, and if you have unused vacation days after Labor Day, you could be in luck.

"It's a particularly good time, for example to go to Europe when the weather's still good and the prices are about 20-to-30 percent less than you find in the summer months," said Brown.

Starting next week, cruise ship prices drop to less than 100 dollars per person, per night, and hotel prices are expected to do the same after the Labor Day holiday, Monday.

 


 

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