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

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Aerial view of The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
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