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Fewer Georgians expected to travel this Labor Day

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Labor day is right around the corner, and it appears many Americans have plans to lay low. AAA projects Labor day travel will drop more than 13 percent this year.

Albany resident Kevin Austin says he plans on staying put this labor day holiday. "Labor day is just another long weekend I think you should take the time to just rest be comfortable at home, maybe rest invite some family over and have a cookout but as far as traveling a going places and stuff I think that can wait."

And Kevin is not alone. AAA reports that this year only one million Georgians will be traveling more than 50 miles from home. That's a 22 % decrease in the southeast.

"People lost their jobs, you know the gas prices and things all around seem to cost more nowadays so I really do think they economy has a lot to do with that," said Albany resident Chris Jenkins.

Another big factor keeping folks at home this year is the timing. Labor Day falls almost a week later in 2009 than it did in 2008.

"Kids are back in school, public schools parents cant really take off because they have to go to work everything needs to get done around the house so I don't think people really have the time to travel," said Chris.

If you are looking for something fun to do locally this labor day here are some words of advice.

"I  recommend you take a day at turtle park maybe go see a movie, if you are like me I'm a really good cook maybe have a cookout have some family over just make yourself comfortable at home I would not spend any money vacationing right now," said Kevin.

"A backyard barbeque is always good southwest Georgia you know, invite some friends over you don't have to spend a whole lot of money to enjoy yourself..not this weekend I don't think so," said Chris.

If you do decide to travel this year, the good news is gasoline prices are down compared with this time last year.

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline today in Albany is $2.40. That's $1.25 less than it was a year ago.

Labor day falls on September 7th this year. The last time it was observed this late was in 1998.

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