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China 2018

My name is Carey, and I am in 9th grade. I decided to join the China intraterm because I want to improve my Chinese skills and learn about the culture. This quote — “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.” — has a lot of meaning behind it. For me, this is a lot different than the way I usually travel, with a plan set in stone. I think that using this as a guiding principle is a lot different when travelling to a far away land, as opposed to California. That would mean that I could learn a lot more through my experiences, and experience more generally. I do find this quote problematic, only because some things, I feel, need to have a fixed plan, such as a flight or a hotel. It makes me uncomfortable not knowing what to expect. What will I need to bring? What should I expect to do? How can I prepare myself? However, this trip is all about learning new things for me, one of which will be how to adapt to an unset plan.