The Indian and the Laundromat

Recently while checking in my luggage at the check in counter at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, I was asked, is that all the luggage you have. This was not the first time that I had been asked this question. So I looked around me at the others waiting to check in and I realised that most of the people had at least thrice the number of bags me and my wife had.

It set me thinking about all my travels both overseas and inland and the huge bags which my countrymen and women carried.

Something  I never really understood. So I decided to explore this further.

For my US Tour I had a chance to travel in a Group Tour for a good thirteen days with lots of my fellow countrymen and women.

Finally I think I have the answer to a very important question – why do Indians travel with so much luggage?

My tour had a number of people from Gujarat,  Maharashtra and Karnataka. After talking to them in detail, I discovered that since most of them are vegetarians they carry snacks from India as they can’t trust the food in an alien land, particularly America.

Also since they are travelling to new places they want to be in their best attire and since they won’t be able to wash their clothes they are carrying as many sets of clothes as the number of days of travel, phew!

I tried talking to some of them but seeing their reaction I thought it would be better if I to put it to words and hope that some of them read it.

Data from travel research shows that Indians always carry the largest check in baggage and if sources are to be believed, one reason for the recent reduction in baggage allowance is India or Indians.

So my dear countrymen on behalf of all travelers, my request is, try and ask in restaurants about Vegan and Vegetarian food, you may be surprised. Number of people in the world are turning non meat eaters.

Also if you are planning to travel in future, particularly overseas, please remember most of cities have the facility of public Laundromats.

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A typical Laundromat.
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The look and work exactly ilke the washing machines used at home. Operating instructions are at the top of the machines.

You can go there with your dirty laundry and wash clothes as if at home. You can do this under 10 dollars for a full load of a machine. This way you will not only help yourselves but others too.

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If you do not have washing powder, you can buy it here.
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It is recommended that after your clothes are washed you put them in a drier.

Trust me travelling light will make your travel more enjoyable.

See the pictures it is really easy and convenient to use a Laundromat.

Happy travelling.

rdmathur

rdmathur

Retired banker high on life, who loves to travel and share his travel tales.
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4 thoughts on “The Indian and the Laundromat

  • May 13, 2016 at 11:21 am
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    Rajesh, Welcome back. Happy to know that you enjoyed your trip.

    I agree with you on the pleasure of travelling light. It makes check in / check out in lightening speed too!

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Best always,

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  • June 2, 2016 at 7:34 am
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    • rdmathur
      June 2, 2016 at 8:50 am
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      Could you please tell me something about yourself first?

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