Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching and for many this means squeezing in last minute vacations to quench their summer thirst.
This year, approximately 950,000 Virginians are projected to travel this holiday period (Thursday, August 29 to Monday, September 2), an increase of over nine percent since the end of the recession in 2009.
AAA's 2013 Labor Day holiday forecast for Virginia is up 2.1 percent since last year and of those traveling this holiday weekend, 87% (824,617) will choose to drive 50 miles or more away from home.
Virginians are also expected to dig deeper into their pockets and spend more money this weekend. After a year in which travelers in the region seemed to hold back on spending, they're planning to make up for it this year by shelling out 14 percent more ($946) than the previous year ($827).
Gas prices have brought a welcome relief to motorists, especially in Virginia. As of today, gas prices in the Commonwealth are down 6.9 percent ($3.36) per gallon compared to the same time year ($3.61). The average price for gas on Labor Day 2012 was $3.68 per gallon, the most expensive average ever on record for the holiday.