Labor Day travel expected to rival July 4th

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If you’ve already wintered the R.V., stashed the tent and stored the camping supplies – you’re not a typical Coloradoan by AAA’s standards.

Although July Fourth is traditionally the busiest summer travel holiday, this year Labor Day travel is expected to equal it.

AAA Colorado expects 2.6 million Mountain States residents – 11.8 percent of the region’s population – to travel 50 miles or more from home for the holiday.

Nationally, about 39.1 million Americans (12.8 percent of the population) are expected to travel during the Labor Day weekend.

Traveling will cost less than last year.

Compared to the same quarter during 2008, travel expenses have declined 11.7 percent – gasoline, airfare and accommodations are all less expensive year-over-year.

In Colorado, gasoline prices are down $1.30 per gallon compared to Labor Day 2008.

Of that, 27 or 28 cents per dollar typically goes toward transportation, while food and beverages, shopping, entertainment and accommodation consume the remaining 72 cents per dollar.