LIMA — Ohio’s travelers could spend 6.2 percent more this year on Labor Day trips than they did in 2017, according to Kimberly Schwind, AAA Senior Manager of Public Affairs.
“We’re noticing that throughout the year people are spending more on vacations,” Schwind said. “People are taking bigger trips in general because they are not afraid to spend. We have more confident consumers right now who are willing to spend money.”
There will be 8.2 percent more Ohioans departing for the Labor Day holiday between Thursday and Monday, Schwind said. To avoid traffic, Schwind suggests travelers leave mid-morning or after rush hour.
Unlike the other summer holidays, most travelers will be driving to their destinations on Labor Day, Schwind said. AAA Ohio expects 85 percent of Labor Day weekend travelers will travel by automobile.
“On Labor Day we typically see less traffic than during Memorial Day or 4th of July because kids are back in school, and everyone is back in their routines,” said Schwind.
Two of the most popular Labor Day destinations in Ohio are Cedar Point in Sandusky and Kings Island in Cincinnati, according to Bill Nicol, Director of Auto Travel Services for AAA Ohio Auto Club.
Other popular destination places for travelers this Labor Day are Nashville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Hilton Head Island, N.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., Schwind said.
Lima-area residents who plan to stay home during the holiday weekend can expect temperatures to be in the low 80s with high humidity levels and chances of thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to Paul Walker, senior meteorologists with AccuWeather.
Travelers who are traveling by car should expect gas prices around $2.84 per gallon, which is a 20-cent increase from Labor Day 2017, said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.
“We’ve seen the highest gas prices since Labor day in 2014, but it still doesn’t seem to be scaring people off,” Schwind said. “We still expect people to be taking road trips and traveling.”
Long-distance travelers will most likely be traveling to Florida, New York, Caribbean Cruises, Las Vegas; Nev.; Ireland, Seattle, Wash.; Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Chicago, Ill which are the top ten destinations for travelers, Schwind said.
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