So I'm trying to budget for a road trip from New Jersey to California and back (obviously). I've been saving and planning for it. I'm doing it solo, which I don't mind, but I'm trying to gauge a realistic budget. I have budgeted $1300 in gas, $50 per day in food (I kept it liberal and cautious just in case) and a standard of $100 per night in hotels. 1 week will be free of hotel costs because I'm staying with a friend in California. And I already have EZ pass and AAA taken care of. In total, I estimated about $7k, but I've seen some other sites where they spent about $5-6k, which is kinda confusing me. Does anyone have any experience or can provide me a more accurate estimate of how much I'd be spending on a massive road trip like this? And I'm just talking about the essentials (gas, hotels and food). I just graduated college so I'm not gonna be balling out on a $50 dinner every night or a $200 hotel on a nightly basis.