This year AAA forecasts 2.4 million Texans will leave home to celebrate the Labor Day holiday weekend, an increase of more than 4% over last year. Labor Day travel is defined as round trips of 50 miles or more away from home between this Thursday and Monday, September 3.
Doug Shupe is a spokesman for AAA Texas.
“Despite the sluggish economy and the recent rises in gas prices, the increase in Labor Day travel is a result of improving consumer confidence compared to one year ago and also people’s unwavering desire to travel. They still want to spend this quality time with friends and family and get this last trip in before it’s time for the kids to go back to school and really buckle down and start studying.”
Shupe says that, while it’s challenging to predict the impact Isaac may have on Labor Day travel plans, tropical storms and hurricanes typically do not negatively influence travel in areas where the storm is not headed.
Texas travelers plan to log an average of nearly 600 miles round-trip this holiday weekend. The vast majority of those will be traveling by car.