The Tale of a Traveler
History has seen many great names and has heard many great stories. These men of history contributed to our present world in more ways than we are aware of. They have given us many great inventions, discoveries, insights and most importantly, they have taught us through their knowledge of the world of that time. We have names like Christopher Columbus whose voyages uncovered great lands. We have Albert Einstein who contributed extensively towards the field of physics and we have Jabir Bin Hayan whose findings in chemistry are beyond commendable. However, it was definitely not easy for these men to do what they did especially in the time they did it because they did not have technological advancements like we do today. Among these names is one other very important name of the medieval era. This man did something that has added to or knowledge till day and keeps feeding our thoughts about distant lands up till this day. He, Ibn Battuta, is considered was one of the greatest travelers of his time.
His travels were no walk in the park
Traveling today is considered a luxury. Sitting in planes and comfortably flying across the oceans to places far off, visiting the tourist spots in the most modern vehicles and basically just having a very good time, this is what todays traveling is all about. It was not the same for Ibn Battuta. He did not have planes, cars or even a bicycle. The reason his voyages are so special is because he rode on horsebacks across deserts. It often took months or even years for one voyage to finish. Circumstances were much more hostile and much less safe. Food and water supplies were limited so they had to be used with care to avoid finishing them which would then increase the risk of starvation. It was never clear when the next civilization would be seen or when there would be a chance to restock food and water.
Moreover, Ibn Battuta made his travels across many nations under extremely unsafe circumstances. The chances of death were more than the chances of reaching the desired destination. There were always chances of having looters at any turn. So if he survived starvation then it was highly likely to be killed by a group of looters. Since the societies were considerably small at that time it was always easy to know who was entering into it and who was exiting. This often proved to be another hurdle because there was always a risk that the people of the community might not accept an outsider.
What makes Ibn Battuta so great?
it is all these hurdles that have helped him marked his name in history. He is considered to be the best because besides all these hurdles he still remained determined and ended up going to numerous countries. Ibn Battuta had learned the art of traveling through consistency and dedication which is why travelers respect him till this day.