Rose White, at AAA-Nebraska, says those falling gas prices along with rising wages are helping to boost Nebraskans’ disposable income — which should lead to a boost in travel for the last vacation of summer.
“Thirty-five-point-five million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008,” White says. “This will mark the fourth consecutive year of overall travel growth for the Labor Day holiday period.”
A motor club survey finds most travelers, about 86%, will be getting from Point A to Point B using a motor vehicle.
“For those who are traveling this holiday period across Nebraska, you’ll find fuel prices averaging about $2.57 a gallon, that’s down 82 cents from prices we saw a year ago,” White says. “Just during the last week, prices have fallen from $2.69 down to the current price of $2.57.”
Not everyone has cemented a complete schedule for the three-day weekend, and there’s help if you need suggestions.
“For those planning to stay in Nebraska during the holiday, the website visitnebraska.com provides a wealth of information on special events and activities, including the Nebraska State Fair. For more information about state parks and recreation areas, explore the website outdoornebraska.org.”
For Nebraskans who are flying this weekend, airfares are expected to be one-percent lower for Labor Day compared to last year.