So to conclude, this essay isn't original. The essay isn't something which hasn't been done. Adversely the essay isn't something you should particularly worry about even if you had a "dull" summer. Let your writing make the summer interesting, even if you didn't travel to foreign countries. Something interesting can be said about what happened to you over your summer vacation, it's all a matter of how you word it. Good luck, and get writing!
Thinking a bit more, there is possibly one way this essay could be difficult to write. If you did have such an extensive and interesting summer, perhaps a trip to Europe, and you wanted to include as much of the trip as possible in the paper, however the instructor placed a word limit on the paper. How is it that you explain your travels from Paris to Milan, from Milan to Moscow, in only 1000 words? In such a case I would suggest you write only the most interesting features of the trip. Or perhaps if you want to include as much as possible, remove particular details write in more specific generalities. The next day we went to two museums in Milan before heading to the train station to leave for Moscow. The train from Italy to Russia took this duration of timeaЛ†В¦ If you have a lot to say, you have a few ways to use your words to describe your experiences, just think of how you want to convey the experience and let the writing do it for you.
Let's start this one at the most simple of places, summer vacation. You were there, I wasn't. It is that concept that is the basis for this type of essay. An individual writes this essay from the first person perspective explaining in detail how they spent those summer days. Depending on if you just spent those lazy summer days basking in the sun, or if you were travelling the countries or Europe, what you say, and the way you say things may very much differ. We're keeping this simple. I would not assume you need to do any research for this essay. The summer break was your own. You are the only one who truly knows the extent of how you spent it, and now it is your turn to tell your story to the world.
What is possibly one of the most generic essays ever written, the "what did you do over your summer break" essay? Pretty much anyone I know has had to write one of those whether it was in grade school, or even in university. The essay in general is fairly straight forward, however there can be changes and specific requirements the instructor wants you to do with the assignment. This essay will explain exactly how you go about telling the tale of your summer vacation.
For those who had more interesting more action packed summer vacations these essays can be pretty straight to the point. Just tell the story of your adventures. For those who spent the days just sitting out in their backyards or down at the beach you get to be a bit more inventive. I say this because you can only word "I spent my summer lying out in the sun at the beach" in so many ways. It is the less action packed summer vacations which end up having more interesting papers if written correctly. Perhaps you will decide to spend a bit more detail on the way that you took a particular route into work every morning until halfway through the summer when your route was destroyed via road construction and you were forced 10 miles out of your way to reach the same destination. Or perhaps you spent every Thursday afternoon at the beach, until one week when the week was closed because of salmonella bacteria. No summer is too dull. The only thing which may be lacking in the essay is the way that you enliven your vacation.