One Student’s Way to Say Happy Father’s Day

Maggie Reade is a student at the University of South Carolina and an ISA Photo Blogger. She studied abroad with ISA in Sevilla, Spain.

I first traveled abroad at the age of 12. That first trip to Ecuador and the many international trips I’ve been on since would not have been possible without the love and support of my parents. As they helped me plan my study abroad experience and listened to my crazy ideas about traveling even more once I arrived in Europe, I noticed one very crucial thing about their response: they never told me no. They never made me feel as though my dreams were unreasonable or unattainable. They know just how important traveling and experiencing other cultures is to me, and while they would prefer to have me home they’ve let me go wherever my dreams taken me for the past six months. I could spend a lifetime thanking them for all of the things they’ve given me: food, clothes, an education, etc. but I will never be able to thank them for the experiences they’ve given me and the person I’ve become because of them.  So mom and dad, just know that from the sand dunes in Morocco to the cliffs in Ireland I’ve never forgotten how incredibly supportive you’ve always been. Thank you both so much for the experiences and memories I now have, and for the many more I still have ahead. You gave me the world and the confidence to explore every corner of if, and I can’t imagine a better gift.


Sahara Desert Morocco


Granada, Spain


Big Ben, London, UK




Sevilla during Feria


The Louvre, Paris, France


Cordoba, Spain


I Am Amsterdam sign outside of the Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands


The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland


My brother, Will, at the Strait of Gibraltar

(That’s my brother Will, he’s in the Navy and that was the first time I saw him in almost a year. He had been deployed for six months and then arrived back in the states three days after I came to Spain, so I was unable to be there for his homecoming. I included him in the series because my parents funded his trip over to see me when they found out he could go on leave for a few days)

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for giving me the world!

If you want to learn more about how you or someone you know can go explore the world, you can sign up for more information.

2 replies »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s