Finding the best countries to retire cheap also means giving up certain things. One of those things is my giant walk in wardrobe. If I couldn’t pack it in 1 checked bag I wasn’t bringing it. Chances are you won’t have a washer/dryer here. I’ve found there are a few options. The most expensive and by far the worst is to take it to a hotel or place that charges per item. Costing about $2 (70 thb)per item it can add up fast. Sometimes though when you only have 1 button up shirt and decide going out somewhere nicer it requires it….
On the flip side, the extremely economical and backpacker way of doing it, is to just wash it in the sink with some Tide that you carry around. Then air dry it. Having 30 degree weather outside definitely helps. The down side to this is then you have wet clothes hanging everywhere, like a hobo.
The fourth option I found and most prevalent by far is paying to have your clothes washed dried, and folded. In Cebu, I found a place which did them for $1.50 (50php) for 2kg. There’s usually a minimum charge of 2kgs.
In case you don’t know what 2kg of clothes looks like, here you go. 4 or 5 ranks, a couple pairs of shorts and a few random things. After doing most of my my clothes in 2 separate trips (it’s a 3 day turnaround time), I realized something. That something is that all the clothes I now own in the world weigh around 5kg. That’s it.
I think of how many shirts and pants and suits I’ve bought in my life. If I had known my goal was to minimalise everything and retire cheap, I definitely wouldn’t have bought so many amusing tshirts or pairs of blue jeans. When you’re preparing for your own travels to find the best countries to retire cheap, practice packing only 5kgs of clothes.