Travel destination for a shut-in autist?

I never travel basically anywhere, but due to an accident of circumstance I have about $1000 worth of credit card rewards that can only be redeemed on travel expenses. They also expire at the end of the year.
For reference, in the last 3 years I've spent exactly one night sleeping in any place other than my apartment bedroom (and it was my parents' house, at Christmas last year). I'm not fond of long drives, and I absolutely despise the endless life-wasting lines that comprise going through airports and seemingly everywhere else in the stereotypical tourist experience.
The idea of going through that torture just to "see the sights" of some mildly novel landscape or structure or whatever for a few hours/days doesn't sound appealing to me. Traveling as a means of meeting new people also feels ridiculous to me, as I'm not even able to hold successful real-life casual conversations with randoms from the city where I already live.
So, since I may as well use my scrip, I'm left with the question: what places might I possibly enjoy going to? For budget reference, I live in the northeast US, and would be departing from there. I'd also be traveling alone, of course.

  1. 2 weeks ago

    Do you like food? If you're high-functioning enough to be able to put aside your chicken tendies for a week, there are some great food destinations out there. $1k will go pretty fast on flights and hotels; dunno what your budget is beyond that.
    I haven't checked flights to Spain since Covid but it used to be one of the cheapest places to fly from the northeast. Probably the most interesting foodie destination in Europe. Mexico is the other option that springs to mind; the capital city is safe and you can afford to eat at restaurants 3 meals a day.

    • 2 weeks ago

      Food is one of the few things I enjoy, and I've been putting in more effort lately to git gud at cooking, but I'm not convinced that would be a worthwhile trip either. I already have well-regarded restaurants and even specialty grocers for practically every international cuisine within a somewhat convenient day trip, and I feel like there's still plenty of depth left for me to discover there. Plus, a single round-trip flight to Madrid goes over my budget by itself.
      I'd be okay with paying extra for the trip if it's something especially compelling, but food isn't that something for me either. Is there anywhere domestic or otherwise cheap that's actually worth going to?

  2. 2 weeks ago

    You don't like to see things and don't like to talk to people, I don't know why you would even want to travel... Just sell your rewards on ebay or something.

  3. 2 weeks ago

    Japan. It's an entire country of neet autists

    • 1 week ago

      It's an interesting thought. One of the things I love about Japan is that people treat me like I'm invisible when I'm there.

      But I suffer from numerous anxiety disorders, rather than being on the Autism spectrum. There's a certain amount of superficial overlap in behavior, but I just think like a neurotypical. I only actually like an asshole when I'm in the middle of an anxiety attack, and since schedules aggravate my anxiety episodes, I'm just as likely to abandon them as stick with them compulsively.

      The point being that Japan might or might not be too much of a step outside established boundaries for someone on the spectrum.

      • 1 week ago

        Anxiety disorders aren't real, you're just a pussy.

  4. 2 weeks ago

    The only trip autists should be taking is to isekai themselves with the rope.

    As for your credit card funny money, just make a fully refundable booking on airline of your choice, wait for charge to post, apply your credit, and then refund the flight after the fact. Works on my Barclays, Chase, and CapitalOne cards.

    If you're really an autist you can look into how the whole points and miles thing works

  5. 2 weeks ago

    >what places might I possibly enjoy going to
    what are you into?
    whatever weird hobby you've got there are other people that are into the same thing and/or places that relate to it somehow
    meeting those people and going to those places would probably be more interesting than a non-specific trip somewhere

  6. 2 weeks ago

    Japan and the Nordic countries are culturally autistic and have neat landscapes if you don’t want to deal with your own species

    realistically for a kilo dollar you can’t really go anywhere and do anything except maybe sit in a cheap hotel for a few days

    What do you like doing? Indulging an interest overseas makes it more interesting and worth spending on

  7. 2 weeks ago

    You've got to be honest with yourself and think about what you can handle.

    For example, my autist friend went to Japan but then ate at McDonalds and TGI Fridays because he was too intimidated to order in Japanese restaurants. He spent most of his time in electronics shops and arcades wondering why people were offended by him eating Krispy Kreme donuts whilst playing games. The whole experience has basically left him not wanting to travel again.

    It's a shame you don't appreciate the landscapes or hiking, because I'd have said national parks or Iceland.

    I would find an event you want to go to and build a trip around that (music event, comic con, sports etc.)

    Based upon the little we know, I think you might actually like Vegas. Even if you don't gamble, there's still lots to do like gun ranges, movie theatres, Dig This, food, strip clubs... you can do trips to Area 51 or the Grand Canyon. $1000 can go reasonably far.

  8. 2 weeks ago

    Comfy Amtrak sleeper along one of their more scenic lines
    >no queues or security to speak of
    >autists like trains
    wa la

    • 2 weeks ago

      I never took Amtrack sleepers but how do their restaurant work? Restaurant trains can easily turn into autist nightmare with high level social interactions required. But maybe it's only in europe.

      • 2 weeks ago

        Amtrak is fucking ghetto as hell compared to euro trains. It’s only marginally better than taking a grayhound bus.

  9. 1 week ago

    Any country where being normal is still normal. Most people are autists in the west, and have been for decades, more or less like in your pic.

  10. 1 week ago

    Just go to cedar point or Disney world like any other autist

  11. 1 week ago

    I second on Japan. It’s the perfect getaway for autistic spergs with a penchant for solitude. food stalls that have walled off single seating with digital menu tablets to ensure no conversation is necessary to get a meal in. Walkable cities with trains where nobody talks to each other. And enough geek otaku stuff and cultural differences to satisfy your musings and curiosities.

    Only downside is your $1000 travel credit will probably only get you the plane ticket there. Also the plane ride sucks it’s over 13 hours

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