More expected on the road for Labor Day

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Since Memorial Day gas prices have gone up and down.  But even with higher gas prices a lot of folks are hitting the road for Labor Day Weekend.

While many are heading out of town and out of state to celebrate the last big holiday of summer as early as Thursday, some are staying in town to enjoy the holiday.

Almost 35 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home this weekend.

"They want to get with their family and a lot of times family is away so they hit the road with their family," said Alfred Louis.

"I'm going to see my parents," said Robin Thompson.

While some are going to see family members, others are squeezing in one last summer vacation.

"We're going to come out to Craighead Forest Park and set up our travel trailer and come out here where it's nice and quiet and relax," said traveler Tony Fowler.

Fowler and his family live in Jonesboro.  This is their first time to go on a vacation without ever leaving town.

"The good thing about this is if we forget something we're just a few miles from home we can go back and get it," said Fowler.

A lot of the campers here at Craighead Forest are from this area.

"Gas prices are high.  I'm pretty sure that's the first thing that comes to mind when people think of traveling," said Louis.

Prices are up from what they were last year both in Arkansas and nationwide.  In fact, prices continue to fluctuate week to week and day to day.

"It's certainly a factor, fuel prices and everything," said Fowler.

"I don't feel like it's that much of a stress this year.  The gas is down a lot from what it was," said Thompson.

Fowler said they always think about going out of town but on a three day weekend a lot of that time is spent traveling so they're tired when they get home.  The number of folks expected to travel is up by ten percent this year from last year.

"It's kind of a little getaway.  Mentally you can kind of get away and come out here and relax and just have a different atmosphere," said Fowler.

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