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Total Time Spent Traveling on Weekdays and Weekends: 2003–2014


Activities are based on American Time Use Survey Activity Lexicon 2014 definitions. Weekdays exclude holidays. Weekends and
includes the following: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.


Time spent traveling declined to a low in 2014, falling below levels reached in the last recession. Compared with 2005, people spent 7.4 fewer minutes traveling per weekday, a decrease of 8.5 percent; and 6.7 fewer minutes traveling per weekend day, a 7.5 percent decrease.

On weekdays in 2014 the average person spent 79.5 minutes per day traveling for a variety of activities. Examining the 45.2 percent of people who engaged in travel for work, the average person spent 46.3 minutes per day traveling, the most time spent traveling for any of the selected travel activities.


U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey 2014, available at as of February 2016.