Woman Stuck on Vacation for 18 Months Due to Pandemic
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On a holiday weekend, a British traveler by the name of Zoe Stephens traveled to the small island of Tonga in the South Pacific. The problem was that his weekend getaway was planned JUST before the pandemic really started. And all of a sudden, Zoe found herself trapped within the borders of this small Polynesian kingdom.
And the 27-year-old is still there! She originally booked the trip to get away from global discussions about the spread of a virus. But soon after he got there, it seemed like the whole world had come to a standstill. And Stephens knew she was stuck inside the archipelago’s borders.
With a population of less than 100,000, Tonga is still one of the only places in the world that is completely free from COVID. Stephens says she may be one of the few selected people who have not had to wear a mask during the entire pandemic so far.
While this may seem like just an extended vacation to some, Stephens says it was actually very difficult as she was isolated from all of her friends and family. She told CNN: “There aren’t many people who can feel stranded on an island without your friends or family, in a country where you haven’t deliberately found yourself. Or being locked out of it. country you live in, and then not being able to come back in. And being afraid to go back to your home country because of a strange virus going around.
Stephens posted on Instagram and YouTube what his extended stay in Tonga was like.
She says she spends typical days waking up, walking her dogs on the beach, and then busy studying online. She is very happy, hopefully, to finally return to the UK at the end of this month.
What would you do if you were stuck on vacation for this long? Would you like or hate being isolated from your loved ones?
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