About 30,000 fewer people in the Washington area have Labor Day weekend travel plans than did last year, according to the annual holiday travel survey done by the American Automobile Association.
The local trend mirrors the national picture as economic fears apparently are influencing travel decisions. Overall, 31.5 million people expect to travel 50 miles or more from home, a 2.4 percent decrease from last year. The survey found that 87 percent of those who plan to travel will drive.
“Concerns about the economy combined with increasing airfares have a slightly higher number of travelers driving to their holiday destinations this Labor Day,” said John B. Townsend II, AAA spokesman. “And if recent declines in gasoline prices continue through Labor Day, we could see even more of an increase in the number of people making last-minute holiday weekend travel plans.”
More than 730,000 people plan to take trips of 50 miles or more during the long weekend, with 654,000 of them intending to drive somewhere.