Lydia Mansel

Lydia Mansel
Title: Writer
Education: College of William & Mary, Bachelor's Degree in American Studies
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Lydia Mansel is a freelance writer with over eight years of experience editing and writing for both brands and online publications—with a particular focus on travel and lifestyle. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle, Real Simple, Shape, Garden & Gun, and PEOPLE, among others.


  • 8+ years as a professional writer and editor
  • Founder of the travel site
  • Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary


Lydia Mansel is a travel and lifestyle writer who has been professionally editing and writing since graduating from the College of William & Mary in 2014. She began her career at Elite Daily, where she worked as a copy editor, a news editor, and a social media editor. After transitioning to an in-house content role at a fashion brand, she entered the world of freelance writing, focusing mainly on travel and eCommerce. From there, she founded the travel website, which publishes packing lists and product recommendations. Lydia’s writing has appeared on several of Dotdash Meredith’s sites (including Travel + Leisure, Brides, InStyle, Real Simple, Shape, and PEOPLE) as well as those outside the company (including Condé Nast Traveler and Garden & Gun).


Lydia received a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary.

About Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is a top travel media brand with a mission to inform and inspire passionate travelers. Our expert team includes a network of hundreds of writers and photographers across the globe, all providing a local eye on the best places to stay, eat, and explore. We reach an audience that takes 76 million round trips annually, offering valuable travel tips, ideas and inspiration, and products you need to get you to your destination — whether it’s a small town or big city, beach or lake, national park or theme park, road trip, cruise, or long-haul flight, and everything in between. Learn more about us and our editorial process

Latest from Lydia Mansel
 VOYAGEUR Carson Backpack
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The Pennine way crossing the moors of Bleaklow, Derbyshire
10 Most Beautiful Walking Paths in the U.K. — With Views of the Seaside, Snowcapped Peaks, and Mystical Glens
Path, Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, England
8 Charming Seaside Towns in the U.K. for Beautiful Beaches, Delicious Seafood, and Nautical Pubs
A rooftop pool and terrace at Hotel Carl Gustaf
5 St. Barts Hotels With Incredible Views and Private Pools, Villas, or Beaches
Exterior of The Manor House
7 Chic English Countryside Hotels That Will Make You Feel Like Royalty
View of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on the cliff over the beach
Laguna Beach Has a Way of Rejuvenating All Types of Travelers — Here's Where to Go for Your Perfect Trip
Aerial view of Primland Resort
This Virginia Mountain Resort Is the Ultimate Luxury Retreat for Active Travelers
Exterior facade of Gleneagles
I'm a Professional Packer — Here's Everything I Brought on a Trip to Scotland
Items to pack laid out with a bag
I'm a Packing Expert — Here Are 3 Major Mistakes I Avoid When Packing Boots
A Young woman packing luggage for holidays in her bedroom
I'm a Professional Packer, and These 4 Items Ended My Overpacking for Good
Woman looking out at the ocean on a hammock on a Bahama beach
Everything a Packing Expert Takes on a Trip to the Bahamas
The beautiful picturesque cobbled street of Circus Lane, only a couple of minutes walk away from Edinburgh City center, Scotland
The Best Times to Visit Scotland for Good Weather, Fewer Crowds, and Cheaper Prices
Thompson Hotel Austin pool deck
This Hotel Brand Wants Guests to Experience Everything Texas Has to Offer — From Cowboy Boots to Million-dollar Art Collections
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France
This St. Barts Hotel Has Private Pools, a Tranquil Garden Spa, and Some of the Best Beach Views in the Caribbean
The Tryall Club in Jamaica
This Private Villa in Jamaica Comes With an Infinity Pool, Putting Green, and Private Pub
Barerun Water Shoes Tout
These Quick-drying Water Shoes Have a Near-perfect Rating From Hundreds of Shoppers — and They’re Only $29
Yeti Sidekick Dry Gear Case
This Compact Waterproof Bag With a 10,000-Person Waitlist Is Finally Back in Stock
Women Leather Handbag Shoulder Crossbody Bag
This Leather Travel Tote Has All the Pockets You'd Ever Need — and It's $27 Right Now
Photo Book
Store Your Favorite Travel Memories in These Easy-to-make Photo Books That Are on Sale for Just a Few More Days
Lusso Gear Kids Travel Tray with Dry Erase Board
This 3-in-1 Travel Tray Is a 'Lifesaver' for Road Trips With Kids, According to Thousands of Parents
Exterior of The Wildset Hotel
This Quaint Maryland Beach Town Is Home to an Ultra-stylish Boutique Hotel
Asian man packing her clothes into a suitcase, getting ready for a trip.
The One Suitcase Hack That Will Keep Your Clothes Wrinkle-free, According to a Professional Packer
Dining at Lone Mountain Ranch
This Montana Guest Ranch Is an Unexpected Culinary Hotspot — With Massive Steaks and Incredible Cocktails
Aerial view of adult pool at The Breakers Palm Beach
These Palm Beach Hotels Have Some of the Best Pools in Florida