My name is Colleen Hayward, traveling the world, one reptile at a time.
This is me deciding to go on a crazy adventure, and I hope you’ll join me. Whether it’s to laugh at, cry for, or commiserate with me in my trials, or to give very much encouraged advice, I welcome all of it. This is a chapter in my life wherein I struggle to make ends meet in a minimum wage job with paltry hours, aid my nephew and sister in keeping a roof over our heads, and desperately search for a second job in preparation of not only the new addition to my sister’s family tree, but to the not-far-off dream of seeing myself on far-flung shores and traipsing around looking for all sorts of exotic reptiles in every country I visit.
To elucidate, I plan on saving up a very small amount of money to get me off the ground and into an adventure (starting with Ireland). Though I have very little in the way of money (half of my check goes to rent, and rent is less than $400, so you can see what kind of luxurious lifestyle I’m living), anything I can save, I will, and I’ll be exploiting every opportunity available to get more money–within legal bounds, of course. My goal is to leave the U.S. in as little time as possible, and I’m hoping to accomplish that in as little as six months–though plans are merely a medium for the universe to kick sand in your face, so we’ll see how that goes. Within those six months, I hope to get a second job, freeload off of my sister for a while, pump myself full of exercise in preparation of the copious amount of walking I’ll be doing, and buying every single little thing I’ll need for the trip–from the littlest, most useful utensil, straight to the horrifying costs of insurance and vaccinations.
Herptraveler may seem a tad confusing to those that don’t know any snake lingo–in fact, anyone reading this probably don’t even realize there’s specific lingo for snakes in the first place. Herp, finding its etymological roots in the Greek language, means to creep. You’ll find it in the word herpetology, and also in that most famous of words, herpes. Reptile collectors and breeders often refer to their snakes, amphibians, and lizards merely as herps, and it’s also been used as a verb, such as herping in the field, looking for herps. So the name is merely slang for reptiletraveler, something that becomes very apt if you talked to me for five minutes.
However, in the spirit of the internet, herp could mean something completely different, and if you’ve come across any memes featuring herpderp as a theme, you’ll know what I mean. Unfortunately, this too could be applied to me, as I often find myself doing stupid things, usually blamed on my blonde hair.