Looking through a tourist gaze: the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) and the case of mussels

  • Francesc Fusté-Forné University of Girona
  • Asif Hussain Sustainability and Resilience Institute


The diverse possibilities of online avenues and travel experiences have generally led to the fear of Missing Out (FOMO) sentiment. The FOMO encourages people to spend as much time online as possible searching for exploration opportunities. In contraposition to FOMO, a new movement has recently appeared: the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) refers to the escape from technology. Applying this concept to tourism, JOMO advocates a ‘slow' and ‘digital-free' environment. This research paper looks at food tourism as a crucial example of JOMO that looks at outlying regions from a sustainable tourism point of view. Food tourism is explored through an approach of mussels. Drawing on autoethnography, the results show that JOMO is associated with activities that provide “intellectual memories” based on feelings of personal fulfilment. Visitor backgrounds and the accumulation of memorable experiences are the factors that motivate JOMO practices that spread community development in rural tourism.

How to Cite
FUSTÉ-FORNÉ, Francesc; HUSSAIN, Asif. Looking through a tourist gaze: the Joy of Missing Out (JOMO) and the case of mussels. Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 01-08, dec. 2021. ISSN 2590-3837. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/jthca/article/view/13726>. Date accessed: 21 may 2022.