Luxury travel is on many a person’s bucket list; flying in style in Premium Economy or Business Class, staying in a fabulous five-star hotel or resort, or travelling on a five-star cruise ship. Although there are plenty of luxe-for-less holiday bargains around to put yourself into a position to afford such a way to travel, you can find that incidental expenses add up on a day-to-day basis to stretch your wallet, one of which is doing laundry. Savvy travellers tend to avoid using expensive hotel or resort services in favour of three preferred options. A really easy way to cut back on laundry costs is to rinse out clothes such as swimwear, underwear, socks or drip dry/no crease items in the shower or bath as you wash yourself, or in your bathroom sink. You can use body wash or shampoo, as long as the clothing just needs freshening, and plenty of hot water you hand wash your items. To dry your clothes more quickly, after ringing them out with your hands, and if you don’t want to drip dry them, is to roll them up in a bath towel to soak up excess water.
Unless you are in a very remote place, you should be able to find a coin-operated laundromat somewhere within a short walk or taxi ride of where you’re staying. On cruise ships, even five-star vessels have self-service laundries so you can DYO – do your own – laundry. There often is a bonus to using these facilities too, as long as you don’t mind giving up an hour or two to get the job done. Depending on where you are in the world, laundromats will sometimes offer free WiFi, so you can check your emails or use Skype to call home while you wait for your smalls to wash and dry. This is an extra bonus saving as internet access and using telephones in luxury hotels and resorts can also be expensive. The final way to sort out your washing and pressing is to use an external laundry service, which might be offered at a dry cleaners if you’re in a country such as the USA, or a laundry lady in countries such as Bali, India or Thailand where they will wash and dry a bag of clothes for a few dollars.