For Charlee Harris, working in the UK for part of her career had always been in her plan. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic threatened those plans, she remained determined.
Last week, Ms Harris flew to the UK to start work as a nanny for a London family, caring for two boys. Arriving on Sunday, she began her new job on Monday.
"Two years ago, I started planning this trip through a company called Global Work and Travel Co, and since then this trip has been in my sights. I had always planned to arrive here in October, 2020," she said.
"The number of cases in the UK had only risen significantly in the last six weeks, by then I had everything organised. I knew that if I was taking care of myself, practicing safe hygiene, wearing a mask and taking the safety precautions then I would be okay.
"I did not have to quarantine, as the UK have a list of countries that are exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine. I was happy to quarantine if the restrictions changed.
"I feel extremely lucky to have been able to travel and take this opportunity during this time, so I'm going to make the most of it."
The UK went into lockdown this week as restrictions were introduced across the country.
"I wasn't too stressed as I had just come from a lockdown in Victoria," she said. "I will be taking the exact same precautions as I did in Australia, here in London.
"Life (in the UK) during a pandemic is definitely not as intense as it was back home, it feels very different. Masks are not compulsory, and you don't here as many people talking about it.
"There are so many more people here, it seems to be harder to contain. However, in saying that, I have been told the streets are much quieter."
Ms Harris has been planning to work and travel since 2016 and last year completed a teaching degree. Child care has long been a passion for her.
"When I had finished high school I wanted to take the leap and work overseas as a nanny, however at the time the stars didn't line up," she said.
"On my gap year in 2016 I went to Cambodia and taught. It connected with me. Children are so inquisitive, it is so refreshing teaching and relearning with them. When a child grasps a concepts...it is rewarding knowing you were a part of that growth.
"When I return home I would love to work in a school teaching children with special needs, or who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, as I believe all children have the right to a safe, happy and supported life and education."