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. I genuinely love hearing from my readers and podcast listeners. This article will help you find out about Kev and more.

Kev
I just arrived at Washing (DC) Union Station after riding Acela.

Over the years, I needed some help to become a better traveler, so I looked for a few podcasters, bloggers, and YouTubers who helped me out. Over time I discovered the answer was not one person but a combination of people who did not travel like me.

For example, I learned how to pack from international travelers. They taught me about packing light, such as carry-on only, and travel backpacks.

Over the years, my travel style and attitude have matured. I am comfortable traveling by train, road trip, bus, and plane, but I wasn’t always that way.

With my experience, I analyzed my trips and put those together to help me become a more levelheaded traveler. I believe you can travel, too; some of the greatest lessons I learned were from my mistakes or less-than-optimal choices.

So let’s see if I am the right traveler to help you start your next adventure, even if I am not the only traveler you come to for advice and wisdom. I want this to be less about me and more about you.

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 is riding the mighty Hiawatha to Chicago

After high school, I worked full-time in the printing industry, which allowed me to buy a 1990 Olds Silhouette to drive around and haul my bikes. This van started my first phase of travel.

Those days 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? I am claiming that.

In the mid-2000s, my travel ended outside a few short trips because I got laid off and decided to return to school.

Things changed on May 25, 2012, which 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: Growth Through Travel

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, and that conversation piqued my interest. Part of my interest was San Francisco, but the other side was I wanted to travel again.

In February 2013, I booked a trip aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr, and that first trip went well. Not only did I enjoy the journey, and I fell in love with travel again, and I found out I love planning and researching trips.

Amtrak became my favorite type of transportation. Since my first trip, I racked up over 126,000 plus miles by riding more than 700 trains later. Today, I am still traveling by train.

With those miles behind me, I learned much about Amtrak, train travel, packing, and life, and instead of keeping all that to myself, I want to share that knowledge with you. I am still learning about travel because things are changing, and I want to stay up-to-date.

About Kev: Musician, Uncle, and more!

The Fun Information

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

Besides running Travels With Kev, I am an organist, electronic media creator, and coordinator for a small Episcopal Church.

One of the most significant life changes in my life 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. Recently two more were added, so now I have three nieces, two humans plus the big fluffy one, and a nephew.

Abby prepared me for my duties as an uncle to a beautiful tiny human, Mackenzie, or Mack, as I often call her. Abby is now seven, and Mack is four, and they both love it when I visit. Most of my travels take me to see my sister and her family.

About Kev’s Thoughts On Travel

Traveling is more than the destination and the activities I do when I get there; the journey is also important.

I love train travel because transportation is part of my trip, not just “how I get there.” 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

As I said before, one of my favorite parts of traveling starts at home (or in a bar or coffee shop), planning trips, and researching destinations.

When I started, train travel was new to me. Finding quality information that satisfied 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 everyone has the right to their opinion, some of those people’s words almost brought down my excitement. And made my research unpleasant. I don’t want that for you; we, as travelers, can do better!

We Can Do Better!

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

There is enough negativity in this world, and you don’t need that 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 thousands of 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 have unrealistic expectations for 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 of companies/places I discuss.

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