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AAA: Nearly 4 million Californians will travel over Labor Day holiday

AAA expects nearly 4 million Californians will travel more than 50 miles or more from their homes during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, up 1.6 percent from last year.

“Californians are more optimistic about their financial situation, and consumer spending continues to outpace disposable income,” said AAA Northern California spokeswoman Cynthia Harris. “This indicates that Californians are willing to take on debt to finance their end-of-the-summer getaway.”

Most Golden State travelers – more than 3.1 million by AAA projections – will drive to their destinations. About 500,000 plan to travel by air, and about 300,000 will travel via other modes of transportation, including rail, bus and watercraft.

Nationally, AAA estimated that more than 34.7 million people will travel 50 miles or more during the three-day holiday weekend, a 1.3 percent increase compared with 2013.