Staycations Rule Labor Day Weekend

Recession prompts many to cut out leisure travel
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 3:11 PM CDT
Emma Dausman, 86, left, and Judy Conner, 69, pose at Clique Bowling Lanes in Grand Rapids, Mich. June 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Lance Wynn)
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(Newser) – Many Americans feeling the bite of the recession will forgo a Labor Day getaway this weekend, instead opting for stay-at-home activities, Bloomberg reports. AAA predicts that weekend travel will fall by 13% from last year. “We need to be a little bit more reserved with the times the way they are,” says a North Carolina real estate manager who plans to swim or go bowling with her family.

“People are taking a very close look at their disposable income, and often one of the things they cut back on is leisure travel,” says an editor at Travelocity.