“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
Anyone who travels from time to time will fully understand this phenomenon. When you see an ancient and beautiful construction like the Taj Mahal in India, or when you experience a mesmerizing view like the Iguazu Falls at the border of Argentina and Brazil, it will take away your breath and leave you speechless. When you are finally back home and you meet with your friends and family, you cannot stop talking about what you saw during your trip. You want to share your unique experience in a way that it feels like they were there with you.
Travelling is a verb that implies both a physical and a mental action. It brings you out of your comfort zone into the unknown. Only when we open ourselves to the unfamiliar, we can grow as human beings. Students who go abroad for an Erasmus project during their university studies often come back as different people, in a positive way. They have less prejudices and are more open human beings. Travelling makes you embrace other cultures, which leads to more understanding and therefore less conflict. The world is a beautiful place with many different facets that deserve to be shared with people who have not been able to see them.
Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan traveller who lived during the 14th century. Battuta is known through the accounts of his travels which were published in Travels. His writings provide an important image of many regions in the world during the late Middle Ages. He travelled through North and West Africa, the Middle East, and all the way through Asia till China. Battuta was of Berber descent and came from an Islamic family. Besides his own writings, there is not so much known about him, but in Morocco, it seems that he was appointed as a judge.