Travel-tracker AAA expects 33 million Americans to traveling over Labor Day weekend -- the highest number of people driving more than 50 miles since the recession started in 2008. It's also a 2.9 percent increase over the 32.1 million people who traveled last year, AAA said.

"In the absence of strong economic growth that might fuel a significant boost in travel volume, it is an encouraging sign that Americans continue to prioritize travel," AAA Mid-Atlantic's Lon Anderson said.

AAA found that 66 percent of Labor Day travelers said their financial situation would not negatively impact their holiday weekend plans. Another 21 percent said they will cut back on other expenses so they can travel and 9 percent said they will take shorter trips.