Lydia Mansel

Lydia Mansel

Lydia Mansel is a travel writer and founder of Just Packed, a stylish traveler's resource for packing lists and product recommendations. Most of her frequent flier miles come from trips to the United Kingdom, but she'll fly anywhere in search of a hotel with soft sheets, fluffy robes, and top-tier room service.
Your next trip to England wouldn’t be complete without a stop at a stylish country house hotel.
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When you book the Bowes-Lyon suite at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, you’ll get to meet Imogen Russon-Taylor, scent butler and founder of Scotland’s first fragrance house.
If you’re visiting London for the holidays, booking a stay at one of these luxury hotels guarantees a merry time filled with mulled wine, festive menus, and delightful Christmas decorations.
Coworth Park's newest standalone cottage has everything you’d ever need for a luxurious week in the countryside.
The Loire Valley boasts more than just exceptional wine and golf, and Les Bordes Estate wants the rest of the world to experience its offerings. 
For travelers searching for London activities suited for the whole family, Brown’s Hotel is prepared to curate an unforgettable experience.
For Chef Javier Plascencia, the village of Todos Santos on Mexico’s Baja California Coast has everything: the food, the views, and the people. Here’s how he’d spend his ideal day in the area. 
It may be a cliché, gentlemen, but it's still important: Life is all about putting your best foot forward. And when we say "best foot," we mean a foot that's clad in a stylish and comfortable dress shoe, when appropriate. Whether you're spending countless hours in meetings and presentations or you have to attend wedding after wedding this year, a comfortable men's dress shoe is a wardrobe necessity. Related: Comfortable Dress Shoes for Women Fortunately, finding the right dress shoe is relatively simple. All you really need is one pair in a neutral color, crafted with quality materials and solid sole support. Here, we've rounded up 12 of the best men's dress shoes that will keep you going and looking sharp wherever your business may take you. These are the most comfortable dress shoes for men: Johnston Murphy Bradford Cap Toe Derby Shoe Clarks UnKenneth Way Rockport Modern Prep Penny Loafer Vionic Shane Oxford Cole Haan Original Grand Wingtip Derby Hush Puppies Men's Rainmaker Slip-on Loafer Rockport Essential Details Waterproof Wingtip Samuel Hubbard 'Tipping Point' Wingtip Oxford Gucci Jordaan Leather Loafer Dockers 'Edson' Slip-on Florsheim Midtown Wingtip Oxfords Ecco Men's Helsinki Comfort Loafers
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Beaverbrook Town House is quickly becoming a bustling destination for theater lovers, art aficionados, and anglophiles searching for a well-crafted cocktail.
If you’re on the hunt for a trip that will leave you feeling recharged and ready to take on 2022, book a room at one of these luxurious hotels in Laguna Beach, California.
There’s a reason travelers up and down the East Coast flock to the Highlands-Cashiers region; it’s home to some of the most relaxing, luxurious hotels in the state of North Carolina. Here’s where to stay this fall.
Tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains and shielded by 12,000 miles of private forest property lies Primland, a luxury resort that provides vacationers with endless ways to stay active.
If there’s anything that can ruin a picnic, road trip, or hike right from the get go, it’s not having the appropriate gear. Your backpack should be ready for any sort of weather. Your travel organizer should be dependable. And your shoes should be comfortable enough that you can walk 10 miles without suffering from unbearable blisters. Once you have those travel essentials taken care of, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared on another front: an insulated cooler bag. Cooler connoisseurs know toting the right cooler to an event will pretty much guarantee a good time, or at least ice cold drinks and non-melted, appropriately chilled treats. After all, no one likes room temperature soda and a tuna salad sandwich that’s just a little too warm for comfort. Keep reading to see our picks for the 11 best insulated cooler bags.
If there’s anything that can ruin a picnic, road trip, or hike right from the get go, it’s not having the appropriate gear. Your backpack should be ready for any sort of weather. Your travel organizer should be dependable. And your shoes should be comfortable enough that you can walk 10 miles without suffering from unbearable blisters. Once you have those travel essentials taken care of, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared on another front: an insulated cooler bag. Cooler connoisseurs know toting the right cooler to an event will pretty much guarantee a good time, or at least ice cold drinks and non-melted, appropriately chilled treats. After all, no one likes room temperature soda and a tuna salad sandwich that’s just a little too warm for comfort. Keep reading to see our picks for the 11 best insulated cooler bags.
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Repeat after us: Uncomfortable dress shoes are not worth it. They’re not worth the blisters, the sore muscles, or the time you spend complaining about how uncomfortable they are. Related:12 Men’s Dress Sneakers That Don’t Scream ‘Tourist’ It’s time to throw away those terrible heels you save for “special occasions,” you know the ones that start to rip apart your heels after just a few steps. Do you really need to haul an extra pair of shoes to work every day, just so you can survive your commute and obey the office’s unofficial dress code? And no, you can’t use the argument fashion is pain, either; you and your feet deserve better than that. In order to save you some time (and completely avoidable foot pain), we’ve rounded up the most comfortable dress shoes for women. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to a work conference, wedding, funeral, or first date, each shoe style perfectly balances the right amount of style, formality, and comfort.
Visiting New York City in the winter has it cons—like bundling up in multiple layers before even considering facing the frigid temperatures outside—but it certainly has its pros, too. There’s something uniquely magical about touring the Big Apple during the long months from late November through March. There’s glamour in bustling from museums to restaurants to cocktail bars, wrapped up in fluffy coats and scarves. There’s adventure in taking on the city when your weather app reads well below freezing. And there's a comfort in the exhaustion brought on by accomplishing a full day’s worth of exploring, followed by a nightcap and good night’s sleep. The latter, of course, requires staying somewhere you can escape the hustle (and chill) of New York in the winter. Below, we’ve rounded up six of the coziest places to stay in New York City in the winter—from luxurious hideaways to more affordable options for the budget-conscious traveler.
As you begin to travel more frequently, you’ll eventually have to acknowledge that your old, beat-up canvas duffel bag from college just isn’t going to cut it anymore. It’s been great, reliable, and your go-to for years now, but it’s certainly seen better days. It’s time to let that old thing go and invest in a quality leather duffel bag. Related:The 9 Best Men’s Leather Messenger Bags Why a leather duffel bag, you may ask? Well, for starters, this thing is going to last you a long, long time — way longer than any cheap plastic thing you pick up before your last-minute trip out to Montauk. It’s also versatile, an important quality for any investment piece. You’ll be able to bring it on a plane, on a business trip, or to a hunting lodge out in Montana. There’s virtually no place where a leather duffel bag would feel awkward or out of place. Here, we put together a list of 12 leather duffel bags that are guaranteed to make the journey to and from your next great adventure far more sophisticated.
There's always something exciting and energizing about the arrival of spring each year. The months of April and May are all about shedding the dullness of winter and embracing all the newness the world has to offer. It means warmer weather and putting away those heavy winter jackets. It means it’s time to take that spring break trip you booked months ago. And it means the arrival of new books and the chance to read them in the soothing, invigorating warmth of the sun. Related:A Radiant Lyrid Meteor Shower Is Coming to Light up the Sky — Here’s How to Watch But because we don’t want you to miss out on any time spent enjoying the season’s pleasant weather, we sifted through all of spring’s new releases and compiled 10 of our favorites into one list just for you. It’s filled with riveting titles that are more than just popular or blessed with photogenic covers: They’re memorable, rousing, and fresh as the spring season itself.
2017 was a year of great change and great trips. So many great trips. Even if you didn’t go on a great trip yourself in the past 12 months, you mostly likely followed along virtually with someone who did (thank you, Instagram). In a sea of #wanderlust Instagram posts and paparazzi photos from places near and far, a few travelers go above and beyond the rest. These are people who constantly inspire others to just book that ticket; who travel so often, they’re spotted in airports multiple times a week; who quite literally define the term “jet-setter.” Below, see who made our list of the 20 most influential travelers of 2017. We have to warn you, though, you’re about to endure some major destination envy.
The holiday season is in full swing, which probably means your stress level is through the roof… especially if you haven’t even thought about shopping for presents yet. But thanks to Away, the smart luggage nearly everyone has had on their wish lists since 2015, and its new gift sets, there’s finally a one-stop shop for all your gifting needs. “Thoughtfully created for the way people actually travel today, with TSA-sized toiletries and diversions that really make the trip (or layover),” these gift sets, which include a mini Away suitcase in one of the 10 available colors, start at just $45. If you’re feeling extra generous, you can also add an Away gift card, ranging from $225 to $695. Given the popularity of the cult-favorite travel company, everyone on your nice list — even your sister (whose tastes rival those of Anna Wintour), your dad (who adamantly claims he doesn’t need anything), and your best friend (who always has her eye on the trendiest, most sought after techie item) — will be pleasantly surprised by the thoughtful, practical, and airport-friendly present you picked out just for them. Below, we introduce you to Away’s five gift sets — The Wellness Set, The Beauty Set, The Amusement Set, The Field Set, and The Essential Set — each with a distinct city guide to complement the expertly curated assortment of goodies.
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So you did it: You finally booked your first trip to Disney World. Or you’re going for the second, fifth, or 20th time with your family. Or maybe you aren’t even headed to a theme park, you just happen to be Walt Disney’s number one fan. If any of the above is slightly true, then you’ve come to the right place. Because we’ve found the perfect Disney-themed luggage that will make your trip to the Magic Kingdom (or any trip, for that matter) a thousand times more… you guessed it… magical. Related:Magical Gift Ideas for Disney Lovers of All Ages Disney devotees of all ages will find joy in toting a Mickey Mouse suitcase through the airport crowds or wearing an iconic cartoon loud and proud on a backpack. These colorful, playful purchases might even make even the most stressful plane ride a little more like the “happiest place on Earth.” Read on to see our picks for the best Disney-themed luggage for travelers big and small.