Real People: Francis Tenefrancia
When I was fiddling with my Real People publishing schedule — trying to put people in categories (mostly by how/where I met them) so I could spread them out and create a balanced order — I wasn’t quite sure where to put Franc. High school? Healthcare? Advertising? Writing? Mike’s Minions? Mike’s Minions Again? Mike’s Minions No More? Needless to say, Franc and I have had a lot in common and that includes travel. He’s one of the most creative people I know — his creativity even extends to how he schedules his travels in relation to payday — and his ending statement is virtually a call to action: to travel, yes, but also to Google a certain exotic food. Read for yourself!
HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
Funding my travels is a little tricky as I make just enough to get by without the “extravagance” of travel. I rely on the power of the credit card to book a flight months in advance, giving me time to save up as much as I can for my trip. I also try to schedule my trips after a pay day in case I fail to save up enough cash (which happens most of the time).
WHERE WAS YOUR MOST RECENT TRAVEL?
Benguet. I went trekking to Mount Pulag with my friends. If you’re planning to go there, be prepared for an extensive hike and bundle up for an extremely cold night.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
I wish I could say Paris but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I would like to go to Hanoi next year though.
WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
- New York
I love the Philippines, but I’ve always wanted to experience different cultures. I love seeing how different and how similar people from different places can be. So if I had to choose a favorite, I guess it would have to be the only other country I’ve ever been to — Thailand.
Kermit Surf & Dive EcoCamp in Siargao. They have the friendliest staff, including a very accomodating resort manager. They also serve a very hearty breakfast, which is always a plus for me.
Puerto Princesa’s KaLui will always be one of my favorites. Good food, great ambience.
I try to be more of an explorer and less of a tourist when I travel. I say yes to new experiences, try new things, and taste food I normally wouldn’t eat. I wouldn’t even mind exploring a city on my own.
MESSAGE TO ASPIRING TRAVELERS
Travel not to see the world but to experience it. There’s plenty of pictures on the internet to see, but there’s no way of knowing what a tamilok tastes like unless you try it yourself.