Traveling for Labor Day? You’re far from alone

Travel

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Whitney Leibold

It’s been difficult for travelers since COVID-19 entrenched itself in the U.S., and the upcoming holiday weekend promises looser restrictions but continued requests for caution.

Outdoor destinations were some of the most-visited travel spots over the summer, with the Gulf Coast high on the list.

AAA Alabama Public Relations and Marketing Director Clay Ingram said summer was a busy travel time, and things aren’t slowing down.

“It was one of the busiest travel years we’ve ever had. I think 2019 was probably a little busier, maybe even 2018, but it was definitely one of the busiest travel seasons of all time because of that pent-up demand”  Ingram said.

Ingram said AAA noted twice as many beach-goers this year than in any other typical year, especially over holiday weekends. As a result, prices on hotels, car rentals and gas were a lot higher.

“As summer got started, some of the restrictions eased up in some areas so a lot of people took advantage of that and hit the road,” he said.

Similar prices and crowds are expected for Labor Day weekend.

If you’re traveling this weekend, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, fill up before you leave and make sure your driver has as few distractions as possible.

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