After long vacation breaks, I hand out large Post-it notes to my students and they write down something they did and where they went over the vacation. I draw a long line with hills and flatlands. Then I have students post their 'notes' to the 'map,' and we find out who traveled the farthest and what they did. I establish two far away places I suspect students visited -- for me it's Mexico because I teach Spanish -- so students can fill in between.
Some illustrate their drawings beside the note with an identifying landmark. Then we share orally. This activity can work in the primary as well as secondary language, ESL classes, and as a social studies activity.