Concerns about economy expected to curb Labor Day Weekend travel

With more families keeping a closer eye on their bank accounts, the number of California travelers leaving town for the Labor Day holiday is expected to diminish this year.

About 3.7 million residents in the state are planning to travel more than 50 miles away from their home this weekend, a number that is a 2.6 percent decrease from 2010, according to the latest projections released by AAA.

Concerned about the latest troubling economic trends, many families are eschewing plans to leave their residences for the long-weekend, said Cynthia Harris, spokesman for AAA. About 3 million residents are planning to drive to a vacation locale this weekend, which actually represents a 1 percent increase from last year. However, air travel is expected to decrease by 1.5 percent and, in the largest drop, other modes of travel — such as buses, rail and watercraft — are projected to fall by 33 percent from last year’s standard.

The unease about the economy isn’t just affecting California residents. Nationally, vacation travel is expected to drop by 2.4 percent, according to AAA data.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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