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Fewer Americans expected to travel over Labor Day weekend

Thinking of taking a trip over Labor Day weekend? You may be the exception.

About 31.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend — a 2.4 percent decrease over last year, according to AAA.

Those who choose to get away are more likely to drive. About 27.3 million Americans, or 87 percent of holiday travelers, will take a road trip, up nearly 0.5 percent over the 27.2 million Labor Day travelers who hit the highway last year.

By comparison, about 2.5 million travelers are predicted to fly over the holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent decrease from 2010.

“AAA is projecting a decrease in the number of Labor Day travelers as some Americans react to recent economic uncertainty and increasing air fares,” said Glen MacDonell, director for AAA Travel Services. “While automobile travel is expected to increase slightly, if recent declines in gasoline prices continue through Labor Day, we could see an increase in last-minute holiday weekend travel.”

Even if the summer days seemed to slip away, it's not to late to score a last-minute vacation. Check out some of these ideas.

From a cozy, long weekend in New England to lounging in Cabo San Lucas, Kate Maxwell of jetsetter.com spotlights great travel deals you can snag for the upcoming holiday weekend.


As for after Labor Day, George Hobica, president of airfarewatchdog.com, said airfares are up 8 percent on average compared to last year. "Historically, however, fares for travel between Labor Day and Nov. 16 are among the lowest, so it's a good time to fly." 

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Joy Jernigan is a senior travel editor for msnbc.com. Follow her on Twitter.