Look out FOMO (The Fear of Missing Out), there’s a new kid in town and JOMO is WAY more fun.

If you haven’t yet heard of JOMO, the acronym stands for: The Joy of Missing Out. If ever there was a perfect time for ditching the need to keep up with what everyone in your social circle is doing, the summer of 2020 is it. The good news is that focusing on what you want to do instead of what others are getting up to can feel really good. These five easy swaps will put you on the fast path toward a more joy-filled summer.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #1:

Trade Tech Time For Tree Time

After a spring spent in isolation, many of us are still spending record time on our social media feeds. While social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family during physical distancing, it’s ok to press pause on informing your followers about what you’re up to. To see for yourself, try a phone-free hour or two in the woods at a Hamilton Halton Brant conservation area. You may be surprised by just how good time amongst the trees can make you feel. Read this article on Forest Bathing to learn more.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #2:

Trade Your Need for Speed for An Afternoon of Low Gear Living

While living life in lockdown may have limited the places we’ve been able to go, it hasn’t necessarily slowed us down. Whether it’s a schedule full of video calls or taking on the added responsibilities of homeschooling children, a growing to-do list may mean you’ve had to increase your speed. An afternoon float down a lazy river or across a quiet lake is a wonderful way to shift into a lower gear. Taking a night off from kitchen duties and treating yourself to some takeout is a tasty way to also help slow your roll.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #3:

Trade Seeing and Hearing for Touching, Tasting and Smelling

The fear of missing out can put our eyes and ears on high alert. Instead of watching and listening for lost opportunities, lean into your senses of taste, smell and touch to inspire more moments of pure pleasure. Feel the sun warm your back as you explore Lake Ontario shorelines with a stand-up paddleboard rental. Dip your fingers into the cool water as you float down the Grand River. Bite into a freshly picked strawberry or peach. Breathe in the woodsy scent of cedar and pine while exploring a tree-lined trail.

FOMO for JOMO Swap #4:

Trade Busy Places for Quiet Spaces

There’s never been a better summer to bypass busy beaches and jam-packed parks. Fortunately, Hamilton Halton Brant is filled with amazing places where you can discover how good it feels to get away from the crowds. Turn your eyes to the sky and watch turkey vultures soar above the Niagara Escarpment. Set out on an afternoon cycle on an off-the-beaten path. Sit on a lakeside bench with an ice cream cone in hand and watch the waves dance across a lake as the sun sinks below the horizon.

FOMO For JOMO Swap #5

Trade Their “Must Tries” For Your Own “Love It List”

As we scroll through our social media feeds, we’re often presented with products that influencers are being paid to promote. Instead of searching out their products, try using that time to seek out local products that bring you your own brand of joy. Find a new favourite loaf of bread from a local bakery. Source some fresh beer, wine or cider picks made right here in Hamilton Halton Brant. Shop for handcrafted items in stores that would really appreciate your business right now. Curating and sharing your personal collection of favourite things is a fun summer pastime.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring your JOMO experiences are a success. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with businesses and places you plan to go to ensure they are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting. Find out how you can support local businesses and taste a true close to home brew. Don’t forget to share your pictures of your adventures with us by tagging them with #stayandplayinhhb.

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Cook Like a Chef: A Southern Christmas

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West Burlington, L7T 4H4

December 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm Fee: $55/person (RBG Members 10% off*) + Service Fee

December 19

Family Fun Day: Family Solstice Celebration

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Road, Burlington, ON

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Virtual Tour – Griffin House

Griffin House – National Historic Site

733 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9H 1A1

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton Children’s Museum

Hamilton Children’s Museum

1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – The Hamilton Military Museum

The Hamilton Military Museum

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Now thru December 31

PRIVATE GROUP BEER TOURS – GROUPS OF 8+

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

5 Hamilton St. N; Hamilton, Ontario, L0R 2H0

4 to 9 hours Price: From $105 per person + HST Contact to arrange your...

Now thru December 31

Christie Lake Conservation Area – Swimming, Picnicking

Christie Lake Conservation Area

1000 Highway 5 West, Dundas, ON, L9E 5E2

Open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. Per Vehicle and...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum

64 Sulphur Springs Road, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1L8

Now thru January 3

AGH Exhibition – Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Gallery Level 1 Special Exhibition Admission Adults $13.25 | Students (6+) $8.85 | Seniors $10.65...

Now thru December 27

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

Original Hamilton Beer Tours

5 Hamilton St. N; Hamilton, Ontario, L0R 2H0

Tour dates: Aug 28, Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29 & Dec 27th $115.00 pp...

Now thru December 31

Virtual Tour – Hamilton & Scourge War Ships

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

Now thru December 31

AGH at Home

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

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