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Traveling this Labor Day holiday? Whether you’re flying or driving, here’s what to expect


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New York Summer is drawing to a close, which means millions of Americans will be taking to the roads and taking to the skies this Labor Day holiday.

And most people who travel will be driving, with more than 80% of people taking their cars instead of the plane.

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AAA expects this to be the most Labor Day travel weekend in three years, reaching pre-pandemic levels. The trends are similar to the busy Memorial Day and 4th of July weekends this year. And whether you’re driving or flying, travel experts advise leaving early in the morning or late at night.

Top Domestic Destinations

  1. Seattle, Washington.
  2. Orlando, Florida.
  3. Las Vegas, Nev.
  4. Denver, Colo.
  5. Boston, Massachusetts.
  6. Anchorage, Alaska
  7. New York, Neff.
  8. Anaheim, California.
  9. Honolulu, Hawaii
  10. Chicago, Illinois.

“AAA expects Friday, September 2, to be the busiest travel day of the weekend, as we see travelers mixed in with Friday afternoon travelers trying to get ashore,” said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Jana Tidwell. “It’s not going to be fun trying to get to the beaches during peak commuting times. It won’t be easy.”

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Departing at off-peak times will not only save time, but also money by reducing the gas you’ll burn sitting in traffic.

Gas prices have fallen since hitting a June high of $5 a gallon. Now, $3.82 is the national average.

With the expected rise in temperaturesAlso, you won’t want to deal with any roadside car issues in the heat. Make sure to check your battery before a road trip.

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AAA said its most important incoming calls are about dead batteries and empty tires.

“Heat has a cumulative effect on car batteries in particular,” Tidwell said. “We’re in five heat waves at this point in the season.”

AAA forecasts more than 545,000 crashes nationwide for the Labor Day holiday based on last year’s data.

Getting stuck on the road can be dangerous for drivers, their passengers, and those who come to their aid. On average, a truck driver is killed every two weeks somewhere in the United States while helping a disabled motorist, according to the AAA.

All major airports will be packed just like your luggage

For those taking to the skies this weekend, we highly recommend taking the first flight of the day to avoid delays and using hand luggage to avoid losing luggage. International travelers should ensure that their passport has not expired.

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AAA expects all major airports to be crowded, with domestic bookings up 22% and international bookings 104% compared to last year.

Top International Destinations

  1. Vancouver, Canada
  2. London, England
  3. Dublin, Ireland
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Paris France
  6. Athens, Greece
  7. Barcelona, ​​Spain
  8. Calgary, Canada
  9. Budapest, Hungary
  10. amsterdam the netherlands

“We expect to see approximately 1.6 million passengers coming in, departing from or through (Atlanta) Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta) Thursday through Tuesday after the holiday,” said Andrew Gobel, director of communications for Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “That’s a little more than we expected last year; 1.3 million passengers at the same time. It seems the travel is coming back, as if you wanted me to tell you that, and things are getting better.”

Pilots must have their airline’s app on their phones so they can be notified of any delays or cancellations.

The top local vacation destinations are Seattle, Orlando, and Las Vegas. Overseas travelers are heading to Italy, Canada and Ireland, according to AAA data.

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