I discovered Ibn Battuta in my Modern Middle East class last quarter. He was a Muslim who traveled the world so much farther than Marco Polo. Born in Morocco in 1304, Ibn Battuta was a traveling scholar who interpreted his journeys in light of the culture and society of Islam.
Then I also discovered Carolyn McIntyre's blog. A woman who traveled by herself in the footsteps of Ibn Battuta.
One day I would love to adventure there too.