I will be traveling next year and I am curious as to which of the following sentences is correct:

A: "I am planning a trip for January"

B: "I am planning a trip in January"

I have been learning Spanish for many years and I am now embarrassed that, as a native English speaker, I am having doubts as to which word choice would be correct.

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    “I am planning a trip for next January”. – user070221 Oct 31 '18 at 18:40

When you overthink sentences like this, you might start thinking so hard that other meanings arrive. For example, in this situation, one might think that "I am planning a trip in January" means that the act of you planning the trip will take place in January. However, normal everyday people use this phrase everyday to mean "...for January". If you are typing this on paper, I would most likely go with the "...for January" option.


Both are correct.

in indicates that the trip will happen during the month of January.

for indicates that in planning this trip you're looking ahead to January; that's when it will happen.

The practical meaning is very much the same.

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    The probability that someone might mean the planning is taking place in January is not zero. – Robusto Oct 31 '18 at 19:49
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    Yes, but in the context of the question as posed, that's not relevant. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 31 '18 at 19:50
  • No, the two sentences don’t mean the same. You should point out the difference to avoid possible misunderstandings. – user070221 Nov 1 '18 at 9:32
  • @user070221: I've described the difference as I see it. If you see other differences you should point out whatever they may be in your own answer. Few people would announce that they have plans to plan a trip. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 1 '18 at 10:29

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