Applying to some college?
Guess what your admission essay may be!
Obviously, the colleges like the students who had travelled. Such students have wider life experience, they are more tolerant to other opinions, habits, nationalities. And when the college offers their applicants to write an admission paper on their travel experience, they expect some facts, impressions, your vision and opinions, your memories. Specifying a fact that you had been to South Africa for 10 days or you went to support the US Dream Team for their Olympics may not be enough. They expect an analysis, not a summary.