I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to.
— Melody Truong

At the age of 17 years old, I received my first passport stamp. I was awarded a scholarship to participate in the Experiment in International Living program, now known as SDC, to practice the Spanish language and immerse myself into southern Spain. We traveled to Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Granada, and I lived with a host family in Priego de Cordoba for 11 days. The experience was SO phenomenal and I have not put my passport down since! 

A glimpse into my wanderlust adventures can be found on Instagram at #KySeesTheWorld


Madrid, Spain | 2012 | 17 years old |  Monta o Muerte and Spain will forever have a space in my heart.

Madrid, Spain | 2012 | 17 years old | 

Monta o Muerte and Spain will forever have a space in my heart.

Ibiza, Spain | 2015 | 20 years old  3 years later and I'm back in Spain! Do you want to know how I ended up back in the best place on earth? The Flight Deal posted a round trip, non-stop flight from New York to Milan, Italy for $405. After rearranging the flight dates to align with my cousin Aijah's 22nd birthday, we booked our trip for April 1st-6th. A few weeks later Aijah realized that I booked April 1st-May 6th instead but there was NO WAY TO CHANGE IT! After a ton of brainstorming, Aijah solved the problem. We booked a one way flight from Milan to New York for April 6th. We booked a one way flight from New York to Ibiza, Spain for May 1st. Lastly, we booked a one way from Ibiza, Spain to Milan to catch our May 6th flight. The biggest blessing of it all: we only spent about 700 each on flights for two international trips. I was able to visit my favorite country in the world. 

Ibiza, Spain | 2015 | 20 years old 

3 years later and I'm back in Spain! Do you want to know how I ended up back in the best place on earth? The Flight Deal posted a round trip, non-stop flight from New York to Milan, Italy for $405. After rearranging the flight dates to align with my cousin Aijah's 22nd birthday, we booked our trip for April 1st-6th. A few weeks later Aijah realized that I booked April 1st-May 6th instead but there was NO WAY TO CHANGE IT! After a ton of brainstorming, Aijah solved the problem. We booked a one way flight from Milan to New York for April 6th. We booked a one way flight from New York to Ibiza, Spain for May 1st. Lastly, we booked a one way from Ibiza, Spain to Milan to catch our May 6th flight. The biggest blessing of it all: we only spent about 700 each on flights for two international trips. I was able to visit my favorite country in the world. 

Ibiza, Spain | 2015 | 21 years old  I am a Scorpio, which is a water sign, so whenever I am in the presence of a body of water I feel at peace. 

Ibiza, Spain | 2015 | 21 years old 

I am a Scorpio, which is a water sign, so whenever I am in the presence of a body of water I feel at peace. 

Milan, Italy | 2015 | 20 years old  The Duomo di Milan, which translate to the Milan Cathedral, was BEAUTIFUL! 

Milan, Italy | 2015 | 20 years old 

The Duomo di Milan, which translate to the Milan Cathedral, was BEAUTIFUL! 

San Siro, Milan, Italy | 2015 | 20 years old I am a die-hard sports fan so I do my best to attend a sporting event in every country that I visit. The energy in the soccer stadium was insane and hostile. Just the way I like it. 

San Siro, Milan, Italy | 2015 | 20 years old

I am a die-hard sports fan so I do my best to attend a sporting event in every country that I visit. The energy in the soccer stadium was insane and hostile. Just the way I like it. 

Istanbul, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old  I visited my sister during spring break. She was teaching the English language in Turkey for about one year. The architecture was breathtaking. My sister was the perfect host. 

Istanbul, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old 

I visited my sister during spring break. She was teaching the English language in Turkey for about one year. The architecture was breathtaking. My sister was the perfect host. 

Istanbul, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque.  "Everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to." -Muhammad Ali

Istanbul, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque. 

"Everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to." -Muhammad Ali

Istanbul, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old  I arrived back in the United States on International Women's Day. I felt deeply empowered. 

Istanbul, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old 

I arrived back in the United States on International Women's Day. I felt deeply empowered. 

Kapadokia, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old  We rode ATVs to the top of the mountains to watch the sunset. There are few experiences in my life that were greater than this one. I was holding it down for Philly, a young Meek Milly if you want to be technical. 

Kapadokia, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old 

We rode ATVs to the top of the mountains to watch the sunset. There are few experiences in my life that were greater than this one. I was holding it down for Philly, a young Meek Milly if you want to be technical. 

Kapadokia, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old We reached the top! I have an international ritual: eat Mc Donald's and watch the sunset/sunrise in every country that I visit. Turkey has the best sunset and sunrise thus far. However, the Mc Donald's was trash. Milan has the best McDonald's. 

Kapadokia, Turkey | 2015 | 20 years old

We reached the top! I have an international ritual: eat Mc Donald's and watch the sunset/sunrise in every country that I visit. Turkey has the best sunset and sunrise thus far. However, the Mc Donald's was trash. Milan has the best McDonald's. 

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2015 | 21 years old  I participated in the Latin American Studies Semester at Temple University. The program includes cultural immersion and intense Spanish language training. We completed 17 credits of Spanish courses and studied abroad in Costa Rica for 3 weeks.  

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2015 | 21 years old 

I participated in the Latin American Studies Semester at Temple University. The program includes cultural immersion and intense Spanish language training. We completed 17 credits of Spanish courses and studied abroad in Costa Rica for 3 weeks.  

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2016 | 21 years old We ate at the same cafe everyday after classes and we'd walk pass this graffiti art. I love food and art. If you want a "Black Girls Travel" T-Shirt check out Girls Going Global. I'm wearing my favorite travel sneakers that I bought in Turkey. They're decorated with a Paris theme. 

Heredia, Costa Rica | 2016 | 21 years old

We ate at the same cafe everyday after classes and we'd walk pass this graffiti art. I love food and art. If you want a "Black Girls Travel" T-Shirt check out Girls Going Global. I'm wearing my favorite travel sneakers that I bought in Turkey. They're decorated with a Paris theme. 

Alajuela, Costa Rica | 2016 | 21 years old Of course I attended a soccer game. The stadium was CRAZY. Two rival teams were playing against each other. It reminded me of the EAGLES vs Cowgirls games. 

Alajuela, Costa Rica | 2016 | 21 years old

Of course I attended a soccer game. The stadium was CRAZY. Two rival teams were playing against each other. It reminded me of the EAGLES vs Cowgirls games. 

Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica | 2016 | 21 years old  The beach was GORGEOUS.  The sunset definitely took a close second place to Turkey. There were cute little baby monkeys too. I made two amazing friends, Diamante and Anniya, during the program. 

Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica | 2016 | 21 years old 

The beach was GORGEOUS.  The sunset definitely took a close second place to Turkey. There were cute little baby monkeys too. I made two amazing friends, Diamante and Anniya, during the program. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 2016 | 21 years old  Some days, I can't even believe that I worked the Rio Olympics. This has been a dream of mine since 2012. I watched the London Olympics in Spain with my host father and I told myself, "I'm going to the next one in 2016." After a 4-month application/interview process, I was selected out of an applicant pool of over 2,000 amazing students. I am forever grateful that I earned an all-expense paid, paid internship along with the most AMAZING 43 people that I've ever encountered. God is good. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 2016 | 21 years old 

Some days, I can't even believe that I worked the Rio Olympics. This has been a dream of mine since 2012. I watched the London Olympics in Spain with my host father and I told myself, "I'm going to the next one in 2016." After a 4-month application/interview process, I was selected out of an applicant pool of over 2,000 amazing students. I am forever grateful that I earned an all-expense paid, paid internship along with the most AMAZING 43 people that I've ever encountered. God is good. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 2016 | 21 years old  I had the honor of meeting Simone Manuel, the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming. She set an Olympic record and an American record. Also, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic fencer, the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. Black Girl Magic. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 2016 | 21 years old 

I had the honor of meeting Simone Manuel, the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming. She set an Olympic record and an American record. Also, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic fencer, the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. Black Girl Magic. 

Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 2016 | 21 years old  The Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympic. Unreal.   I'll never be able to explain how phenomenal and life-changing this experience was. 

Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 2016 | 21 years old 

The Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympic. Unreal. 

 I'll never be able to explain how phenomenal and life-changing this experience was.