ALBANY, GA (WALB) - AAA Travel projects that 35.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, making it the highest volume for the holiday since 2008, and a one percent increase from the 35 million over 2014.
The year 2016 marks the fourth consecutive year of overall American travel growth for the Labor Day holiday period. It's also the seventh out of the past nine years to see a constant increase in travel volume.
Labor Day this year will be Thursday, September 3 to Monday, September 7. During this time, gas prices for the holiday should be the lowest in a decade. Hotel costs will also rise by 10 percent for 2 star hotels, and 2 percent for 3 star hotels.
85.8 percent of travelers will hit the road, estimating to about 30.4 million.
In Georgia alone, there will be 874,362 auto travelers, making a 1.1 percent increase from 2014.
An estimated 2.64 million travelers fly. Airfares are expected to fall by one percent.
Rising wages and falling gas prices have helped boost disposable income, which is expected to increase 3.5 percent compared to last year, but a cautious consumer is using some of that money to save and pay debt.