There are a few road trip games floating around out there, but I really want one that captures that sense of... optimism. Feasibility. The feeling that you really can just escape all the problems in the world if you just drive and drive and drive.
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.