Luxury travel is amazing, flying in Premium Economy or Business Class, and staying in a fabulous five-star hotel or travelling on a five-star cruise ship. Although you can find terrific luxe-for-less bargains to put yourself into a position to afford such a way to travel, you will often find incidental expenses add up on a day-to-day basis, one of which is doing laundry. However, 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 washing 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. All you need to use is use body wash, or even shampoo, as long as the clothing just needs freshening, and using hot water you hand wash your items. To dry your clothes more quickly, after ringing them out, and if you don’t want to drip dry them, is to roll them up in a bath towel.
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. On cruise ships, even five-star vessels have self-service laundries so you can DYO – do your own. There often is a bonus to using these facilities too, as long as you don’t mind giving up a couple of hours to get the job done. Depending on where you are in the world, laundromats will sometimes offer free WiFi or telephones to make calls if you need to check in with anyone at home. This is a 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 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.