Don't you love it when data proves we're procrastinators? (Though we prefer "spontaneous.") Expedia just released a Labor Day travel trends report -- turns out 80 percent of us wait until August to book that weekend getaway.
Okay, don't hate us for bringing this up, but summer is almost over. The official final day of the season isn't till September 22, but most largely associate the end of summer Fridays, summer beach days, summer lazy days -- you name it -- with that dreaded Tuesday following Labor Day.
Labor Day is only about a month away, which means summer is coming to an end. It also means your bank account might be bracing for a hit as you squeeze in a trip, start stocking up on back-to-school items for your children or send your kid off to college.
If you should go on any vacation, it should be during the upcoming Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. The holiday is, after all, dedicated to American workers and their contributions to the country.
Fly.com looked at data from more than one million Labor Day user searches conducted between July 15 and Aug. 22, 2013, and discovered that fares to popular Labor Day destinations experienced a dramatic price increase three weeks before the Labor Day weekend (Aug. 9-16).
Labor Day is often considered to be the last long weekend primed for summer travel, so it isn't surprising that so many Americans head to the airport at the end of August/early September for a final summer jaunt.
Autumn is my favorite time for short weekend or day escapes. So many towns have seasonal celebrations from craft and farmer's markets to state fairs and sprawling corn mazes. These day- or weekend-long festivals are such a lovely way to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of fall.