Rafael was born in South Carolina but spent much of his childhood growing up in Brazil. He returned to the states and graduated from University of South Carolina. After graduation, he moved to Washington D.C. where he began working in the hospitality industry. He quickly fell in love with the city and bought a home in NE.

Deciding to build his career in the hospitality and tourism industry, he moved to one of the largest online travel agencies in America. There, he managed over 300 property accounts in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

During his time there, one of his colleagues invited him to apply onto a reality TV game show. They were cast, competed across the country and finished as a winning team. Shortly after that, they quit their jobs and headed to SE Asia with a plan. Rafael is the co-host/co-creator to a successful travel channel on YouTube with over 5.5M views, called “INT AFFAIR”.

Rafael is known for connecting with people of all backgrounds. He believes that building relationships is the foundation to strengthening communities.

While he still loves traveling, you can find him at his DC residence listening to music or cruising the neighborhoods of the Capitol on the hunt for the next great hidden food spot!