More travelers expected this Labor Day weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Labor Day weekend, is the unofficial end to summer but it’s also a time when many people get away.

41% of people plan to travel on Labor Day weekend this year, up 11% from last year.

According to a TripAdvisor survey, Friday September 4th, will be the busiest travel day of the weekend with most people returning home on Monday September 7th.

Of those surveyed, 68 percent plan to drive and another 27 percent plan to fly. An improving economy, falling gas prices, and 10-year record low airfare prices are helping many with their Labor Day weekend travel plans.

“I’m actually going to Los Angeles for the weekend and I was really excited to see that the rates where low, so I’m getting out of here,” said Jason Cruz of Springfield.

The number one Labor Day weekend getaway is a trip to the beach, followed by the city and a then a lake escape in third.

“Each year we go up and see our family, my mom’s side of the family in Brownfield, Maine. It’s certainly nice to be able to go and see family when prices are down, it makes it more affordable,” said Sarah Mallette of Virginia.

Nearly 50% of people plan to drive at least 100 miles to their weekend destination. For the 6th consecutive week in a row, the price of gas has fallen here in Massachusetts, the average price for a gallon is currently at 2 dollars and 48 cents, down nearly a dollar from last year.

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