TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - AAA Travel predicts 34.1 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year.
The anticipated increase in holiday travel is mostly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market.
The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high.
According to AAA:
-Labor Day holiday travelers to total 34.1 million, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 32.7 million who traveled last year.
-85 percent of travelers (29.2 million) to travel by automobile, an increase of 4.3 percent from 28 million last year.
-Holiday air travel expected to increase nearly 3 percent to 2.61 million.
-The largest share of travelers (46 percent) departed today, Friday.
-Monday, Labor Day, is the most popular date of return for holiday trips with 43 percent planning to return on that day.
-The average traveler is expected to travel a round-trip distance of 594 miles and spend $804.
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