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I wonder which is the correct preposition to be taken after the verb travel, to express the travel for/in a country.

I plan to travel for China.

I plan to travel in China.

Which is the correct preposition? And when to use in and when to use for in a preposition after the verb travel?

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In such cases, as a learner, I suggest that you check the Oxford dictionary. It always provides many nice examples through which you can discover the idiomatic sentences and collocations. By the way, the idiomatic preposition is to.

You can say

I plan to travel to China

In terms of your second question. You can use those prepositions in different context. For instance, you can say:

  • It's really interesting to travel in groups.
  • It's really easy to travel in the USA.

(Using "in" when talking about the place itself like USA, Canada,... and when describing the way of traveling)

Or

  • I traveled for a month.
  • I traveled for a business goal.

(Using "for" when talking about reason or duration)

By the way, our native friend on ELL can provide you with more accurate and idiomatic examples. I thought It's a good idea to mention some myself.

  • Thanks. But isn't it that the Oxford is for British English? I prefer American English. I shall note it in my question, though. – Blaszard May 5 '17 at 14:55
  • @Blaszard Yes, but it declares that issue in case there is discrepancy. Or if the difference is really significant. – Cardinal May 5 '17 at 14:56

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