A Newcastle University graduate has been stranded alone in Tonga since the start of coronavirus lockdown.
In March, Zoe Stephens was travelling around the Pacific where her adventures led her to explore Fiji.
As coronavirus rates of infection began to rocket the 26-year-old began to be wracked with anxiety and, in desperate need of a change of scenery, she booked a break to Tonga.
But after arriving on March 19, Fiji reported its first case of coronavirus and Tonga shut its borders.
10,000 miles from her friends and family - Zoe was trapped.
What was intended to be a peaceful weekend visit has now turned into a six-month ordeal.
Zoe, a graduate in Modern Languages and Linguistics, said: "I felt awful. Tonga is tiny. I felt I had explored the whole country the first day I got here.
"I didn't know anyone and I'd come here to escape all of this stress, now I had just added more stress on top.
"At the start, the locals were not friendly and wanted to stay away. I get it - I had come from Fiji and the day I arrived Fiji announced its first three cases. Now, the locals are friendly with me.
"It’s been a rollercoaster. I wake up to the sound of the sea, whales jumping, palm trees and sunshine. Yet I have very few friends, I am stuck out of reality and this is really not where I want to be. It's hard.
"And trying to appreciate it and making the most out of it is also hard. With this, also comes the guilt of not enjoying paradise."
Liverpool-born Zoe has been left to adapt to living in one of the few countries in the world where, for now at least, there are no recorded cases of coronavirus.
When the borders closed what was already a tight knit nation became even tighter.
Nationals were banned from travelling to the next village, police checkpoints were introduced, and a curfew was imposed from midnight to 5am.
But to add to the drama in April, Cyclone Harold hit Tonga, bringing heavy rain, strong wind and large storm surges which led to Zoe’s house being flooded.
She added: "One of the hardest things was going through Cyclone Harold. It flooded the house I was staying in, washing away a lot of my possessions.
"Luckily, I still had my passport, but my wallet and bag went. To this day, I still have not been able to get my bank card delivered here and have been surviving on other foreigners sending money online.
"I have to appreciate the fact that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am never ever in my life going to be in this position again. I live on the beach in a big 3-bedroom house on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
"I have surfing, a beautiful coral reef, and whales in my back garden, literally. It's sunny 90% of the time and the streets are lined with palm trees."
As the restrictions ease Zoe, a Beijing-based tour leader and social media specialist for Koryo Tours, is waiting anxiously to be able to leave the island.
However, even when she does her work is on hold due to global travel restrictions.
So, in a bid to make the best of a bad situation Zoe began working with a newly formed organization, the Tonga Animal Welfare Society (TAWS).
TAWS was established as Tonga’s first animal welfare organization by a group of animal-loving residents to bring education to schools on the islands and support the community both in homes and farms to learn how to look after their animals.
And dogs are often more likely to be considered a nutrition source rather than a companion animal.
To help raise money for TAWS, on October 17 Zoe ran 45km from the North West tip of the island and finished on the North East coast at Tonga's most famous monument—the Haʻamonga ʻa Maui stone trilithon.
She said: "My fundraiser is my small attempt to thank the people of Tonga for the kindness and hospitality that they have shown to me while I have been here.
"I've been an animal lover since I can remember, the place I stay has 3 dogs - so animals and especially dogs have been a big part of my life here. Dogs keep you company for sure.
"The charity is new so it needs all the help that it can get."
To date, her GoFundMe campaign has raised £2,360. Her goal is to raise at least £4,500, representing £1 for every ten metres she ran.
Zoe has documented her stay on her YouTube channel, Zoe Discovers, and her Instagram page, @ifyouwerestrandedonanisland.