Find out why I love doing laundry when I travel
I am a passionate believer in only packing a carry-on bag, nothing else. Planning to do laundry several times ensures that I don’t overpack, and the few items I bring in my small suitcase stay fresh. On every trip, there are a few pieces of clothing that I wear again and again. Doing laundry allows me to enjoy wearing my favourites and guarantees that I’ll have something clean and available no matter the weather. No surprises there – doing laundry means you have clean clothing!! And it’s worth the few hours every time.
If you have a choice of location, seek out a laundromat near a university. It's guaranteed to be full service, cheap, stocked with old magazines and a bulletin board advertising free community events. If you’re with a buddy, you can take turns exploring the campus. Most universities have beautiful buildings, small art galleries and/or museums, and inexpensive eateries. Some even have botanical gardens and walking trails – you can each enjoy a beautiful hour discovering a unique part of the city, all for free.
Don’t get so caught up on the idea that a vacation has to be the complete opposite of life at home. Embrace laundry on the road. The practical, the pleasurable, the frugal – every aspect of it will make your trip go more smoothly, allowing you to look and feel your best, all for pocket change.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Would you be willing to do laundry during your vacation or does that sound too much like a chore?
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