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For True Travelers, Labor Day is Not Goodbye

Chances are you’re hitting the road or taking to the skies this weekend. If you’ve had a summer full of weekend getaways like me, you’re probably having mixed emotions. Labor Day is always good for a little R&R (after all, the holiday is all about honoring workers) but because we travelers have come to associate it with the end of summer and the end of our carefree escapes, it’s a little sad too.

But don’t think of Labor Day as the end of summer – think of it is the beginning of an autumn filled with travel possibilities. The Wall Street Journal reports that the week after Labor Day marks the beginning of the off season (read: deals). That’s just one reason why the end of the summer can be a good thing.

If you still haven’t used your vacation days from work, the coming weeks are, in my opinion, the best time of the year to do just that. September is still warm enough to hit the beach in most parts of the country and, with most families back in school mode, you’re likely to have a little more space to spread out your beach blanket in the sand. You’ll also see prices start to dip; in fact, airfare is down 3 percent for fall travel. Expect lower prices at hotels and on rental cars too.

October brings a chill to the air and, to a few lucky workers, another three-day weekend to take advantage of. Columbus Day weekend (Monday, October 8 in 2007) is prime time for fall foliage and a great time to get outdoors and enjoy nature before the cold weather sets in. The Chicago Tribune has a great guide to leaf-peeping in the Midwest, while Yankee Foliage has great information for those who favor New England in the fall.

I feel much better about the end of the summer, don’t you? Let’s kiss the summer goodbye and welcome an autumn full of adventures!

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My name: Genevieve Shaw Brown. I also answer to Genny and Gen.

How I earn my keep: I work at Travelocity.

Greatest travel lesson learned: I travel for my job, but I've learned work is work, vacation is vacation, and it's best not to try and do both on one trip.

Fondest travel memory: There are so many... but a recent experience was being totally jet-lagged and waking up pre-dawn in Koh Samui, Thailand, and watching the sun rise with my husband on the beach. We talked about what all our friends and family were doing at that very same moment as the sun set back home in New York.

First thing I do in a new place: Peruse the local restaurants and map out my dining strategy for the duration of my trip. Dining strategy = eating at as many restaurants as humanly possible.

First thing I do when I get home: Put a push pin on the destination I just returned from on the map of the world that hangs on the wall above my couch.

Travel ambition: To cover that map completely in push pins.

My most beloved place in the whole world: Cockle Cove Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts.

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