Hello all and welcome to the 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
Within that winter, I had a friend tell me about his trip to San Fransico, CA, and that sparked my interest, not only for traveling to San Francisco but traveling. So, after a few more rides aborad the Hiawatha, I looked at a train trip to San Fransico in March of 2013.
That first trip went well, and I fell in love with travel all over again. Soon train travel became my favorite way to travel. Today I have been on over 660 Amtrak trains traveling over 110,000 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.
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 Travels with Kev came to be
February 2013, I started planning my first long-distance train adventure. While looking for information, I began finding issues. I started with the Amtrak website, but it didn’t seem to answer all my questions. Then turned to an online Amtrak forum, this was before Facebook Groups became popular, but soon I got discouraged with the responses.
Facebook and forums can be a source of information for traveling on Amtrak. What I found was, besides some information, a lot of trolls, people with unrealistic expectations, chronic complainers, or people pining for train travel of yesteryear. Whereas they have the right to their opinion, they can bring down your excitement or make your research 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 your next adventure.
Authority through experience
After traveling over 100,000 miles on the rails both with Amtrak and regional railroads and 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 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.