Lydia Mansel Education: The 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.Highlights:8+ years as a professional writer and editorFounder of the travel site justpacked.comBachelor’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).Favorite PurchaseSince writing this face wash review, this product has become a staple in my routine. It's super effective, and the price just can't be beat. Education Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.