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!

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Francis Tenefrancia
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OCCUPATION
Copywriter
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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).
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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.
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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.
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WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?

  • New York
  • Paris
  • Tuscany
  • London
  • Beijing
  • Kyoto

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FAVORITES
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DESTINATION
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.
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STAY
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.
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FOOD
Puerto Princesa’s KaLui will always be one of my favorites. Good food, great ambience.
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TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY
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.
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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.

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Real People: Francis Tenefrancia” was created by FT and LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved. 



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