So you want to travel the world but lack the funds? You’re keen to take the kids on the road but need space for them to roam? If you can be flexible on location and duration, house-sitting can be a passport to long-term budget travel, offering free accommodation and the chance to live like a local in a foreign country. All you’ll have to do in return is mow the lawn, water the plants or look after the family pet. A brief survey of house-sitting websites shows that age and experience trump youth and beauty when it comes to securing a gig. Likewise, some homeowners’ reluctance to let little people touch their belongings or terrorise their furry friends may make it a little more difficult for families with young children, but anyone can get a look in with great references and a bit of experience.