Traveling saved the life of this American lady suffering from an eating disorder | #Motivation

As we were strolling through Instagram explore feed, we came across a beautiful picture of a traveler in the picturesque Annapurna Circuit of Nepal. As we really look for pictures which have more than just a good background and foreground, this was the one that stands out.

Traveling saved the life of this American lady

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal.

This picture not only showcases the beauty of this incredible place but it also gives people especially women a reason to travel more and to see the beauty of nature in its untouched form.

So we randomly shared this picture and it did really well and surprisingly it gained the attention of the mostly female audience. Many of them not just simply liked the picture but they even shared their thoughts and even interacted with the person who owned this picture. So we got to talk to this wonderful lady and she shared her experience of traveling in South East Asia and especially India where she is currently at the moment. Presently she is in Ooty and is loving the trip so far. She mentioned that one of the best things about her Indian trip was visiting Himachal Pradesh which she simply loved. We were so glad to hear that and then she told us the real reason why she travels so often and how traveling changed her life in so many ways from past 3 years. She even said that traveling actually saved her life and it was probably the best decision she has ever made. If you don’t believe us, here is the “About Me” section of her website.


Traveling saved the life of this American lady

Triund, Himachal Pradesh.

“We all struggle. Whether it be mental illness, losing a loved one, an obstacle at work or simply a run of bad luck. We’ve all been there.

My name is Carly Gascoigne. Originally from San Clemente, California. Traveling saved me from an eating disorder I battled for over four years. It started as a medical issue which slowly progressed into a strained relationship with food. At first, I was anorexic, but then turned bulimic where I spent many years binging and purging on any food I could get my hands on. My friends and family had an intervention and I went to live in a rehabilitation center for three months. I thought I was in a better place than the others at the facility and convinced myself and others I was fine, but I was still acting upon my urges.

Traveling saved the life of this American lady

Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

I have followed the American societal norms my whole life, attending San Diego State University directly after graduating as a Valedictorian of my high school. I was hired as an Inside Sales Consultant in pharmaceutical sales immediately following graduation. I started climbing the corporate ladder, going above and beyond expectations to gain a promotion and once promoted my work became my life.

It wasn’t until March 19, 2015, the rug was ripped out from under me. Due to an acquisition, I was laid off and my territory had been dissolved. I didn’t know how to react. The life I knew was suddenly disappearing before my eyes. I attended a yoga class and decided to buy a one-way ticket to Europe. Originally I was supposed to be gone for a couple months, but it turned into almost three years.

Traveling saved the life of this American lady

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.

I know you’re probably thinking, “I can’t just pick up and leave like that, she had everything fall into place.” Yes, I didn’t have anything specific tying me to California anymore, but I could have easily just slipped into another career, got another apartment and went on with my days in San Jose. That’s what was expected of me anyways. It might sound like everything fell into place and it was an easy transition, but to tell you the truth I struggled. I was 24 and lost.

You always hear the cliche sayings, “traveling changed me” and “I am a different person now”, trust me, I thought it was all just talk too. I didn’t know that this trip would have such an incredible impact on my life. It challenged all of my boundaries and forced me to get to know myself. It taught me about different cultures and allowed me to explore beautiful countries all whilst saving my life from an eating disorder. It forced me out of the California bubble and the American mindset and expectations that I had always be constrained to. It taught me to not care if I had makeup on or if I was having a bad hair day.

In the past three years, I have traveled to 30 different countries. It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies, but it’s been the best decision I’ve ever made. Traveling isn’t easy at times… It can be exhausting and heartbreaking, nonetheless humbling and liberating. Falling in love with people and places around the world and then having to leave them behind.

Traveling saved the life of this American lady

Jogini Falls, Manali.

I wouldn’t be who I am today without my traveling experience. Traveling allowed me to fall in love with life again. I fell in love with myself. I fell in love with the world. Learning to communicate with people from all backgrounds is the valuable experience that will allow me to be a better person day in and day out.

My site depicts all of the places I have been lucky enough to visit along with personal stories and uncomfortable topics that no one really talks about. I hope my site encourages people to challenge their comfort zones and travel to places they always dreamed of visiting. I hope it reminds everyone that even in the darkest of times they are never alone. Travel will change you for the better and might even save your life.

Follow her on social media:

Instagram: @gingergypsea

Facebook: Ginger Gypsea

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Our Thoughts: 

We hope that you feel motivated and enlightened in some way after knowing her story. We all have our own fears, challenges, and insecurities and therefore our way of dealing with those scenarios can be different. But traveling not only provides us with an opportunity to relax, explore and enjoy in a beautiful place but it also gives you an opportunity to know about yourself and how you respond to things which are out of your comfort zone. So don’t hesitate to take leaps of faith and pack your bags and go on a vacation to place near and far depending on your budget, choice and also free time🤣

Traveling saved the life of this American lady

Dhharamkot, Himachal Pradesh.

OneHimachal is constantly trying to promote and boost tourism primarily in Himachal Pradesh and other regions like Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Nepal, etc. It is one of the fastest growing community on the Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. If you have any stories which can help people to visit a place or in some other way, feel free to contact us via

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