The difficulty of living miles apart
This is Katie McGrady. She’s nine years old and is the youngest daughter of Tim and Coral.

Tim and Coral fostered Katie in 2013 but it didn’t take long for them to realise that she was meant to be a part of the family and they adopted her.

Katie now has three older brothers who all adore her and welcomed her into the family with open arms. They are a true family unit.

There’s one problem: James, one of Katie’s older brothers, lives in Australia.

James met his wife in 2013 when he was working on a feature film. It was a whirlwind romance; he moved to Australia to live with her after a few months and was married the following year in Italy.

The whole family drove down to Italy for the wedding and loved every second of it. Katie was asked to be a flower girl taking her duties very seriously.
A new addition to the family
Since then the family has changed a little. James’ wife, Sammi, gave birth to Frankie in July 2016.

But they still live in Sydney and Katie and the rest of the family still live in Swindon.

Such a close-knit unit that have yet to meet their latest arrival so the McGrady’s decided it was time to change.

Sitting around their laptop in Swindon, the trio in Sydney hopped online and together they searched our site and booked their trip.

How would Katie feel about her first ever flight abroad to see her baby niece?


An Interview With Katie:

  • How did you find your first flight? Excited but nervous.
  • What was your favourite thing about Australia? Surfing on Bondi Beach.
  • What did you do when you were in Australia? Surfing, fishing, staying in a posh hotel, going to the beach, went on a ferry, and got the cable car into the zoo.
  • Did you enjoy spending time with James? Yes, because went in the sea with me.
  • What was Frankie like? Cute and smiley.
  • Any advice for other first time flyers? Don’t worry because there is lots to do on the plane and the hostesses are very friendly and nice.
  • What things did you take with you? I took my little koala, my blanket, and my kindle.


  • What was it like being in a different time zone? Weird because I was sleepy when it was light but great because I could order food and drink when it was dark and go swimming in the pool at the hotel.
  • Did you like spending Christmas somewhere hot? Yes, because went to the beach and had a swim on Christmas Day.
  • Where else would you like to travel? Disney and the whole world…
  • Do you think you’d like to live in Australia when you’re older like James does? It depends where the rest of my family is!
  • What did it feel like the moment you met Frankie? It was great!
  • Do you think James, Sammi and Frankie’s life is different to yours in Swindon? Yes.
  • How do you think it’s different? Their works means they keep moving all over the place.
  • What does it feel like to be an auntie? Fun because I got a new niece.
  • Would you like to go to Australia again? Yes I would.



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