Friday is Biggest Travel Day for Labor Day Weekend

Friday is Biggest Travel Day for Labor Day Weekend

According to AAA, more Americans will travel this Labor Day weekend than last year
WILLISTON, Vt. - According to AAA, more Americans will travel this Labor Day weekend than last year.

34.1 million to be exact, a 4.2% increase.

Friday is the largest departure day, and that was certainly the case at the Williston southbound rest stop.

"It's been pretty busy today," said attendent Alan Phillips.

He says a normal day sees about 700 people come through that rest stop. At 3 p.m. Friday, they already had almost 900 come through...with plenty of time left in the travel day. They have a counter that measures how many people come through.

AAA says 85% of travelers are driving, and the majority will drive over 50 miles.

That was true for travelers we met at the rest stop.

Darcy Baird and her family was driving from Colchester, Vt. to North Conway, NH--about 150 miles.

Terry Noftall and his wife were going considerably further...over 1,000 miles from Ontario to Nova Scotia, hitting New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine on the way.

AAA says the reason for this year's upswing in travel is the economy bouncing back.

No one we spoke to managed to travel for last year's holiday weekend.

"My husband was working," explained Baird. "So we didn't travel."

"I hadn't had a weekend off in over a year," said Noftall of last year's holiday.
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