Hello All, Welcome To My About Kev Page
Hey, I am Kevin “Kev” Monteith, and I want to get to know you, and this About Kev page will help you get to know about me and my travels to see if I am the right travel guy to help you. Since I introduced myself to you, feel free to introduce yourself as well. (Contact info)
About Kev: A Quick Travel Bio
About Kev’s Start
When I was younger, I used to take road trips all over the upper Midwest and Canada too. I was working full time back then, but after several years in the printing industry, I was let go and then decided to go to college. This move put a hold on my travel for several years outside of a few trips here and there.
May 25, 2012, marks the start of my train travel adventures. 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 next year it started.
About Kev’s Growth
The following winter, a friend told me about a trip he took to San Fransico, CA. The conversation piqued my interest not only about San Francisco but traveling again. In February 2013, I booked a trip aboard Amtrak’s California Zephyr. Another thing that pushed me to go was jealousy, my sister and her husband where living in Germany and traveling over Europe and the UK, and I was jealous of them. With a new destination and a new drive, things got started.
That first trip went well, and I fell in love with travel all over again, and train travel became my favorite type of transportation. Over 115,000 miles and 660 trains later, I am still traveling and love train travel, With all those miles behind me, I learned a few things, and I want to share that with you.
Since that first trip, I have also flown and am familiar with air travel as well.
Fun Information About Kev
Besides being a traveler and blogger, My other loves are music and my family.
Besides running Travels WIth Kev, I am the organist for a small Episcopal Church, where I have been playing for 24 years. It doesn’t seem that long, but I guess the math doesn’t lie.
One of the most significant changes in my life was becoming an uncle. My first run at the job was to Abby the Newfie, who I talk about a lot on this site. Abby prepared me for being an uncle for a beautiful human niece, Mackenzie, aka Little Mack. Abby is four, and Littel Mack is one, and both love when I visit. Lately, most of my travels take me to visit these girls, well, my sister’s family, too, since they come as a packaged deal.
How Did This Site Start
February 2013, I started planning my first long-distance train adventure. I love planning trips and doing the research, but train travel was new to me. Finding quality information that satisfied my needs was not as easy as I wanted. I found Facebook and forums can be a source of information for traveling on Amtrak. But I found, besides the knowledge, trolls, people with unrealistic expectations, chronic complainers, or people pining for train travel of yesteryear tend to dominate the conversations. Whereas they have the right to their opinion, they can bring down your excitement or make your research unpleasant.
With all that said, I wanted to help people reach there travel goals and grow as travelers. I don’t want you to deal with that if I can avoid it because it is not fun. There is enough negativity in this world without it spilling into your next adventure.
I intend to keep this site encouraging and as troll-free as posable. Learning to travel can be hard enough without all of that noise.
Authority through experience
After traveling over 110,000 miles on the rails, both Amtrak and regional railroads, and with thousands of miles by air, I have experienced a few things. 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, nevertheless, 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 “what happens, happens,” you will get more out of your trip and have less stress.
As you travel, you’ll find out that plans do not always go as planned. Some people put unrealistic expectations on their travel end up disappointed. Our journies, like life, do not necessarily have the results we expect, but our attitudes will determine the outcome. Besides, the best stores come from when things go wrong.
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!
Right now, I am focusing on traveling by rails on Amtrak, and if you are interested in taking the train, start with this page!
I do not work for Amtrak.
The views and opinions expressed on this site are my own and not those companies/places I discuss.