WASHINGTON (TheStreet) -- Good Friday is a lot better when it's a paid holiday, which is why Easter travel is a mixed basket of homeward-bound holiday observers and late spring breakers. The verdict: Most travelers should look for bargains just after the holiday.The financial markets shut down on Good Friday, and those lucky enough to get the day off seemingly stream directly from their various financial districts and into stores in search of spring clothing, candy and pastel decor. Last year, 79.6% of Americans celebrated Easter and spent an average of $118.60 doing so, according to the National Retail Federation. Their combined $14 billion investment accounted for 6.1% of all holiday spending and made Easter the nation's No. 4 gift-giving season behind Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and the winter holidays, according to IBISWorld.
|Most travelers should look for bargains after the weekend of Good Friday, experts say.|