Hello All, Welcome To My About Page

Hello! I am Kevin “Kev” Monteith. I hope you can learn a little about me on this page, and in return, I can learn something about you.

Over the years, I needed some help to become a better traveler, so I found a few podcasters, bloggers, and YouTubers who helped me out. I discovered that the right person was a combination of people who did not travel like me. For example, I learned how to pack from international travelers.

Over the years, my travel and my attitude about it have changed. I travel a lot by train, but I also take road trips and travel by bus and plane.

I took my experience, analyzed my trips, and put those together to help me become a more levelheaded traveler. I believe that this can happen to you too.

So let’s see if I am the right traveler to help you start your next adventure. Since I introduced myself to you, please feel free to introduce yourself and tell me what assistants you may need. (Contact info)

About Kev: A Quick Travel Bio

Kev Aboard the Hiawatha
Kev riding the mighty Hiawatha to Chicago

After high school, I worked full-time in the printing industry. That allowed me to buy a 1990 Olds Silhouette to drive around and haul my bikes.

After high school, most of my travel was road trips around the upper Midwest, but mostly in Wisconsin.

There were a few trips to Canada in my early travel years. Does that make me an international traveler?

Most of my travel ended outside a few short trips because I got laid off. I decided to go to college and get smarter.

May 25, 2012, marked the start of my new travel adventures.

On that day, I took my first Amtrak train trip, 63 miles from the Sturtevant Depot to Chicago Union Station aboard the Mighty Hiawatha. There were a few more trips that year, but the following year it started.

About Kev’s Travel Growth

While I enjoyed the trips aboard the Hiawatha, I wanted something more. My wanderlust was calling me.

A friend told me about his trip to San Fransico, CA, the following winter. The conversation piqued my interest not only in San Francisco but traveling again.

In February 2013, I booked a trip aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr.

That first trip went well, and I fell in love with travel again.

Amtrak became my favorite type of transportation. Since my first trip, I racked up over 126,000 plus miles by riding more than 660 trains later. Today, I am still traveling by train and flying more.

With those miles behind me, I learned much about Amtrak, train travel, packing, and life. With that said, I am still learning. Instead of keeping all of that to myself, I want to share that knowledge with you.

Fun Information About Kev: Musician, Uncle, and more

Besides being a traveler and blogger, my other loves include music and family.

Besides running Travels With Kev, I am an organist for a small Episcopal Church, now going on 27 plus years. It doesn’t seem that long, but the math doesn’t lie.

One of the most significant life changes was becoming an uncle. My first run was with Abby, the Newfie, whom I talk about on this site, maybe too much, and Mackenzie, Little Mack.

Abby prepared me for my duties as an uncle for a beautiful tiny human, Mackenzie, or as she will remind you, Kinzie. Abby is now five, and Mack is two, and they both love it when I visit. Lately, most of my travels take me to see these girls, my sister’s family, since they come as a packaged deal.

Kev’s Thoughts On Travel

Traveling is more than the destination and the activities; the journey is also important. I love train travel because transportation is part of my trip. I find something about sitting back and watching the world go by my window enjoyable. I don’t see train travel as taking away from my travel time but as adding to the experience.

I do fly, and I flew to take a train trip a few times. My favorite parts of flying are what many people hate, the takeoffs and landings. In fairness, I consider myself an intermodal traveler, and by that, I mean on a trip, I am willing to take trains, planes, busses, boats, or whatever it takes to have a fun adventure.

How Did This Site Start, and how can it help you

I love planning trips and researching destinations.

When I started, train travel was new to me. Finding quality information satisfying my needs was not as easy as I wanted. I found an Amtrak online forum as a source of information for traveling on Amtrak. This era was before Facebook groups.

I did get some helpful tips, but I found trolls, people with unrealistic expectations, chronic complainers, or those pining for yesteryear travel who loved to dominate the conversations.

Whereas they have the right to their opinion, they brought down my excitement and made my research unpleasant. I don’t want that for you.

We Can Do Better!

I want to help you reach your goals and grow as a traveler, and I don’t want you to deal with what I did if I can avoid it.

There is enough negativity in this world; you don’t need it to spoil your next adventure or discourage you from going.

I intend to keep this site encouraging and as troll-free as possible. Learning to travel is intimidating enough without all of that noise.

I am looking out the window of an Amtrak Viewiner Roomette.

Putting this all together

After traveling over 120,000 miles on the Amtrak and regional railroads rails, I have experienced a few things with thousands of miles by air. Those miles include every Amtrak long-distance train, but for one, The Auto Train. Although not all the routes end to end or all sections, it has been a fun and fantastic journey.

Traveling taught me this lesson: if you look at travel as an adventure and with the attitude of “what happens, happens,” you will get more out of your trip and have less stress.

Like life, our journies do not necessarily have the results we expect, but our attitudes will determine the outcome. Besides, the best stories come from when things go wrong.

Some people put unrealistic expectations on themselves and their travels, and in the end, they end up disappointed with their trip. I don’t want that to happen to you if we can avoid it!

Let’s get to know each other!

If you are interested, here are the ways to get ahold of me. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have!

The next level!

If Travels with Kev has helped you, you can help me! You can let me know how I helped you, or you can help me by becoming a monthly supporter or giving a one-time gift. If you are interested in helping, check out the supporting Kev page.

Safe Travels!

Kev

Disclaimer:

I do not work for Amtrak or any other transportation carrier. The views and opinions expressed on this site are my own and not those companies/places I discuss.

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