Despite a still-unsteady economy and a boost in fuel costs, Americans are expected to travel in big numbers over the Labor Day holiday.
During the weekend of Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, the automobile information and advocacy group AAA forecasts, 33 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home, a 2.9% increase over last year.
The forecast suggests Americans have shaken off anxiety over the economy and are spending on travel again. The AAA, in a statement, attributed this to improving consumer confidence and "Americans' unwavering desire to travel."
The increase comes despite a national average price for a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline of $3.72 as of Tuesday. That was 24 cents more than a month earlier and 15 cents more than the same time in 2011.