Hello all and welcome to the About Kev Page
Hey, I am Kevin “Kev” Monteith, and I want to get to know you. 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)
Quick travel About Kev Bio
After a few more rides on the Hiawatha, I looked at taking a train trip to San Fransico in March of 2013.
That first trip went well and made me fall in love with travel all over again. Today I have been on over 700 Amtrak trains traveling over 100,000 miles and traveling on all but one of Amtrak’s long-distance trains and many regional trains mainly in the Midwest and California.
Besides being a traveler and blogger, My other loves are music and my family.
I am also an organist for a small church, I have been playing at this church 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 a beautiful human niece, Mackenzie, aka Little Mack. Abby is four, and Littel Mack is one and both love when I visit. Most of my travels lately have been to visit these girls, well my sisters family too since they come as a packaged deal.
About the Travels with Kev site?
February 2013, I started planning my first long-distance train adventure. While looking for information, I began finding issues by asking questions online. I started with the Amtrak website and then turned to an online Amtrak forum, this was before Facebook Groups became popular, but soon I go discouraged.
There are many places out there to get information about traveling on Amtrak. Sadly, trolls, people with unrealistic expectations or the people pining for train travel of yesteryear made things a little tricky, and at times unpleasant.
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
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 what is fun.
Authority through experience
I have traveled over 100,000 rail miles on Amtrak and regional railroads, and thousands of miles by air. I have experienced a few things.
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, you’ll find plans do not always go as planned. Some people have unrealistic expectations that never can be met and 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 of Amtrak. For that matter any lodging or other transportation company that I use or talk about on this site.