Traveling By Land

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Fears of terrorism and worries about the economy aren't keeping Michiganians from traveling for the Labor Day holiday. But analysts say those factors will help keep them on the ground.

Michigan State University reports that nearly 20 percent of surveyed Michigan households plan to travel more than 50 miles from home Labor Day weekend.

That compares to 15 percent who said they traveled more than 50 miles last year.

Since more people are choosing ground travel over air travel, roads will be crowded.

Don Holecek of the MSU Tourism Resource Center says the driving vacation trend began after the terrorist attacks and has been reinforced by economic worries.

At auto club AAA Michigan, a survey shows slightly fewer people plan to travel Labor Day weekend, but road trips are more popular.