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What general medications should I take on my ride?

Well it just so happens that we have a very comprehensive list as prepared by one of our globetrotters, Anna King, who is also a physician. So not only does she write from a medical background, she also knows what is needed as a globetrotter. #winning

Check out her informative Before You Go article here and her On the Ride article here.

Do I need travel insurance even if I’m travelling domestically?

The short answer – yes. Travel insurance is compulsory on all Globetrotting rides and is a condition of booking with Globetrotting, regardless of whether you’re travelling within your home country or abroad. When selecting a travel insurance policy, we require that at a minimum you are covered for horse riding as an activity, and medical expenses, including emergency repatriation.

When looking for a travel insurance policy, make sure it covers COVID-related changes and cancellations, personal liability, loss of luggage and personal effects, and most importantly cancellation insurance. This will cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances if you have to cancel your trip unexpectedly due to illness, injury or unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately, cancellation insurance will not cover you if you change your mind (unless you take the ‘cancel for any reason’ insurance – which we recommend.)

Your insurance policy, including the specific name of your insurance company, policy number and emergency insurance contact number, MUST be provided before you start your ride. You can upload your travel insurance details in your member portal.

For more information on the long and short of travel insurance, read this article.

Our personal independent travel agents can provide no-obligation travel insurance quotes that specifically cover horse riding.

When completing your booking form, please indicate if you would like to receive a quote for competitive travel insurance that specifically includes horse riding as an activity.

What happens if I need to cancel my saddle seat?

Should you or any member of your party need to cancel your riding holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing {email}. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective when we receive it in writing at our offices. As we incur costs from the moment we confirm your booking and may be unable to resell your saddle seat, cancellation charges will be payable. If you cancel your saddle seat prior to your departure, you will forgo all monies paid to date upon receipt of the email.

Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your travel insurance. We recommend ALL Globetrotters to take out travel insurance the moment they confirm their saddle seat with a completed booking form.

To view Globetrotting’s terms and conditions, click here.

To read how our T&Cs apply during the COVID era, click here.

What happens if I need to change my booking?

As per Globetrotting’s terms and conditions, you agree that you will, at least 60 days prior to your departure date, provide us with written notification (by email) of any changes to your booking. If you change your departure date, your new departure date must be booked with the same supplier that you originally booked with. The new departure date must fall within 12 months of the date on which we receive notification of your request to change your booking.

For example: you have booked a ride with a departure date of 31 December 2022. You notified us by email sent at 5.05pm on 30 October 2022 that you wish to change your departure date, which we received on 31 October 2022 at 9.01am. In this situation, you will be able to choose a new departure date, subject to the original supplier’s availability, that falls before 31 October 2023. If we are able to accommodate the change(s) that you have requested, we may charge an administration amendment fee of $200 AUD per person in the currency of your ride invoice. Additional supplier fees may also apply where a booking is changed. Where we incur any liability for a supplier cancellation fee for any booking which you change or cancel, you agree to indemnify us for the amount of that fee. Any change requested within 30 days of the original departure date may, at our election, be treated as a cancellation and the cancellation fees set out in clause 6 below will be payable.

To read Globetrotting’s terms and conditions, click here.

What do I need to bring with me?

Once you’ve secured your saddle seat on a Globetrotting ride you’ll be sent a packing list specific to your riding destination and its climate. You’ll also receive a trip prep kit specific to your ride, including vital and valuable information regarding visas, currency, medical shots required and what to read and watch in preparation for your trip. We’re firm believers in providing as much information as possible so you can best prepare for your ride of a lifetime.

Click here to view our ultimate packing list for a horse riding holiday {again – you’ll also get a specific packing list for your ride}.

Oh and you might enjoy scrolling through our What to Pack articles, with recommendations by us and our fellow globetrotters.