Lydia Mansel Title: Writer Education: College of William & Mary 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. Follow on Instagram @lydiamansel.Highlights:8+ years as a professional writer and editorFounder of the travel site justpacked.com Bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary Experience 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 justpacked.com, 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). Education She received a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary. About InStyle InStyle is an award-winning destination for fashion, beauty, and pop-culture, with an all-are-welcome ethos that swings open the proverbial velvet ropes. Whether you’re looking for a wardrobe refresh, haircut inspiration, or a story that’ll make sparkling cocktail-party conversation, our expert-connected coverage is where to start. Learn more about our team and editorial guidelines, here.