Traveling is one of the best things you can do with your time and money. You get an experience that cannot be had anywhere else. Outside of being positive, what you do with your money will determine the trip you have. In this infographic provided by Lifehack.com, you will find 8 ways to help your funds last longer while on your expedition.
Hopefully your journey starts with you boarding a plane with the cheapest ticket you could find. Upon arrival, traveling by land is cheapest form of travel. Of course taxi's would seem the most obvious option but they aren't the cheapest. Traveling by bus is the most cost-effective, although it does require that you know a little about the area and that you are comfortable. If you aren't, get used to taxi drivers trying to get more money out of you. This would be a good place to start in terms of honing your haggling skills.
For sleeping, hotels are going to try to appeal to your fancier side, but don't fall for it. You are there for the authenticity, not for a facade. You can stay in a hostel and meet other travelers or in a home-stay with a family of locals.
For food, find a bustling area, that's where the good food and the good times are going to be.
What ever you get into, keep track of your finances. Nothing is scarier than getting stranded. Safe travels!