don't get me wrong, I'm fine with games about escaping from the Eastern Bloc or a zombie outbreak or what-have-you, but when I'm feeling hopeless and vulnerable I really want something that turns up outside your window like "get in, loser, we're running away from responsibility".
@Trashbang Maybe only 1/8 related to what you want, but it reminded me of the board game Tokaido. https://www.boardgamequest.com/tokaido-board-game-review/
As you and your friends travel, you can meet interesting people, tithe to local temples, catch up on your painting, go shopping, sample local cuisine, or just relax in a hot springs. You "compete" to have the most fulfilling or rewarding experience.
No driving though, and you need to gather friends together in physical proximity to play.
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