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Plus-sized Riding Apparel

We’ve heard firsthand the trials and tribulations of curvy globetrotters trying to find plus-sized equestrian clothing that actually fits and makes them look and feel good. Recently we hosted a live video about globetrotting as a plus-sized rider and invited our beautiful friend Stacey West to write a blog post on the topic. Combined with […]

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Top 5 Noise-cancelling Headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones are a brilliant addition to your carry-on rather than run-of-the-mill iPhone earphones or stock standard airline headphones. The ability to tune out from the bustle of your surroundings can be the difference between arriving at your destination ready for adventure or ready for a stiff drink! And back at home, you’ll be surprised […]

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Be Still My Aching Boobs! Best Bras for Horse Riding

If you’re anything over a size B, you’re probably painfully aware of the importance of wearing the right bra for horse riding. The photo above is actually part of a social campaign from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, but I’m betting I’m not the only one who’s reminded of my own bra collection! The […]

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Don’t leave Home Without… Luggage Scales

As veteran globetrotters, we have seen all too many travellers bitten by fees or frantically repacking their luggage at the airport because their bags have exceeded the weight limit. It’s a common sight, but it’s also one that can be easily avoided – especially with the help of portable luggage scales. Chronic overpackers and pedantic […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… Denim Breeches

Can’t choose between jodhpurs and jeans? Guess what – you don’t have to! Jodhpur jeans, or denim breeches as they’re often called, are the lovechild we’ve been waiting for all our lives. They combine the comfort and toughness of jeans with the grip and flexibility of jodhpurs. And they have pockets – hallelujah! Jodhpur jeans […]

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Packing for Mountain Rides

Having just come back from guiding The Patagonia Trail in Argentina, we are again SO thankful that we’ve got this whole packing-for-a-riding-holiday thing down to a fine art. There’s nothing quite like that moment when the heavens open and you can pull on your trusty waterproof jacket, strap on your jockey goggles to keep the […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… A Helmet Visor

We’ve all been there: you’re half an hour into a ride on a beautiful sunny day when you realise your cheeks are just a little bit too warm, and it dawns on you that no amount of sunscreen is going to stop them burning before you make it back to the stables. *insert Matrix scene […]

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Long Boots Versus Half Chaps

It’s an age-old debate among the Globetrotting community: are you better off riding in a good pair of long boots, or strapping half-chaps over your paddock boots? While in the broader equestrian world, there are obvious pros and cons for both – and situations where it’s obvious which you should wear – on a horse […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… a Bum Bag

So you’ve booked another Globetrotting ride, or maybe you’re a first timer and new to our family of horseback holiday adventurers. Either way, you’re probably bursting with anticipation and busily planning your kit. Globetrotting holidays involve multiple hours in the saddle and we globetrotters like to carry a few essentials with us while riding: phone, […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… Waterproof Pants

If you’ve seen our post on waterproof jackets, you’ll know that for a number of good reasons, we prefer a shorter jacket to full-length. But what about your bottom half? If you’re caught out in the rain, the last thing you want to spoil your unique Globetrotting experience is a wet tush!  That’s where waterproof […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… A Waterproof Jacket

As a confirmed Globetrotting tragic, I’ve ridden in just about all weathers, from Patagonian snow to Icelandic wind, to Morrocan desert chill and the relentless pelting of Irish rain. In every destination, the weather can change – sometimes not only daily, but hourly! So of course, a good rain jacket is a must. Choosing the […]

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Top 5 Riding Jeans as Voted by our Globetrotters!

Jeans make great travel companions, even better if they’ll hold up to a day of horse riding and still look good enough to wear out to dinner or sightseeing! The trick to horseback holidays is to make our luggage work hard for us, and when there’s riding gear taking up precious space and weight, we […]

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Boo to Jodhpurs, Hip Hip Hooray for Bombachas!

Ever since I was a little girl being ferried into the Dalby Pony Club while listening to Macca on a Sunday morning on the radio I’ve had an awkward relationship with jodhpurs. Let me explain: I wasn’t a beanstalk of a child like the ‘My Little Pony’, horse loving posse of friends that I had. […]

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The Ultimate Packing List for a Horse Riding Holiday

Over the years I’ve honed my packing to a fine art. A lot of my globetrotting clients ask for my advice on what to pack and even though each client is given a detailed packing list, I thought I would share a suggested list with you all. Obviously it depends on the country and the […]


Best Compact Cameras for a Horse Riding Holiday

So you’ve signed up for a horse riding holiday and you’re wanting to buy or upgrade your camera to make sure you capture every single moment from dusk to dawn. Yes, you could just take your smartphone, but there are a few drawbacks with this option. Smartphones are not ideal for photography on a moving […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… a Little Black Vest

A stylish, well-designed black (or any other colour that tickles your fancy) vest is my must-have item when packing for a horse riding holiday, no matter the destination. For the cooler climate rides, a vest is perfect for layering with thermals underneath and a heavier jacket on top. And on the flip side, for the […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… SPF Tinted Moisturiser

SPF TINTED MOISTURISER Sun protection is paramount when on a horse riding holiday, safari or trek as you’re spending hours in the saddle with the sun shining bright. Whether I’m riding or not an SPF tinted moisturiser is an integral item in my daily beauty regime. My all-time favourite is the Dermalogica sheer tint SPF20 – it’s not too […]


Don’t Leave Home Without… Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo It’s a recent discovery for me, it must be said – I’m a little slow on all things hair care. But a good dry shampoo is a GAME-CHANGER for your next horse riding safari. If you have limited access to showers, your dry shampoo, which comes in spray or powder form, will not […]

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Don’t Leave Home Without… Half Chaps

Half chaps, or gaiters, are an essential item for any riding holiday if you wish to stay comfortable in the saddle and avoid blisters from pinching stirrup leathers. The benefit of half chaps compared to packing long boots is that they are light and easy to pack when you’re travelling internationally. You can zip them […]


Don’t Leave Home Without… a Universal Travel Adapter

UNIVERSAL TRAVEL ADAPTER These nifty devices are essential for any globetrotter who has caught the travel bug and is jet-setting between time zones on a regular basis. From Kenya to Argentina to Mongolia, you’ll need a different power adapter for each country. For the savvy frequent flyers, you’ll know all about this handy travel tool, […]


Fashion Friday: the Moment Hat

Hold onto your hats globetrotters! I’m so, so excited about this particular Fashion Friday recommendation. I’m a huge lover of hats and have a mighty collection that I’ve collected all over the world. My go-to Akubra has recently become too small for my head, go figure right? We’ve shared some wonderful adventures together but it’s […]