Sunshine Blogger Award 2020

Sunshine Blogger Award

This post is a little bit different than my others obviously. This week I received some very surprising news – after just 4 months of blogging, I’ve been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers they find creative, talented and entertaining. Generally, it’s a great way of opening yourself to the community as well as to your readers.

Who nominated me?

First off, I want to say a huge thanks to fellow blogger Matteo for the recognition and for making the decision to nominate me!

Writing your own blog can sometimes be a lonely endeavour, and sometimes you’re not quite sure what you write will be appealing to readers. With that in mind, I’m really humbled and proud that Matteo thought my contributions were worthy of a nomination.

A little bit about Matteo

Matteo is a Sardinian from Cagliari who travels solo around the world. He’s travelled to 39 countries and 557 cities, and he writes great in-depth content about the things that he’s seen, all on his own blog – available in English, Italian, and Spanish!

So, in the spirit of the Sunshine Blogger Award, make sure to follow Matteo on his journeys, and also be sure to check out his Instagram!

So, what are the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’ rules?

The Sunshine Blogger award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.

The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 10 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate new blogs to receive the award and write them 10 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My Answers to the Questions from Matteo at

Why did you decide to open your website/blog?

To be honest, ever since moving to Sardinia, I’ve been astounded about how many people around the world don’t actually know that much about about the island! When I say that I live on the Italian island of Sardinia, they usually seem to assume I mean Sicily…

Those that have heard of Sardinia, usually only know about the amazing white sandy beaches, and clear blue water, but not much else.

It was shortly after realising this fact that I decided I had to do my part to try and show the bigger picture of Sardinia – that it’s not just about sun, sea, and sand.

What’s your biggest dream?

That’s a tough one, but when I think about living in Sardinia, my biggest dream would probably be buying a plot of land in the countryside around Alghero to build a house, and then build some sort of sustainable tourism business to help the local economy.

Do you travel with a backpack or with a suitcase? Why?

I’m pretty flexible actually, so both.

I enjoy 5 star hotel stays, but I also feel perfectly happy roughing it up in a tent somewhere in the wilderness.

What do you never forget to put in your luggage?

This sounds pretty stupid and possibly a bit nerdy, but I always make sure to take my solar battery charger!

This exact one actually…

It’s saved me and my wife a few times because it charges in the sun, and there’s also an inbuilt flashlight.

Which trip do you absolutely recommend to a traveller?

I think for anyone coming to Sardinia, they absolutely have to take a trip to Barbagia. It’s the centre part of the island and it’s steeped in tradition. The people are very friendly, and the towns and surrounding mountains and countryside are stunning!

The town of Gavoi in Barbagia

Local cuisine: which typical food have you tasted, would you like to taste and will never taste?

I’ve actually covered this in one of my posts – 5 Sardinian Foods not to be Missed.

If you don’t feel like reading it that’s fine, my favourite Sardinian dish is the famous roasted suckling pig Su Porceddu – amazing!

The one I’ll probably never taste is Casu Marzu – otherwise known as Sardinian maggot cheese…

Which is the place that excited you the most?

As sad as some people might think it is, the first place I was actually really excited about visiting was Cagliari – it’s the biggest city on the island.

When I came to Sardinia on holidays to visit my wife’s family, we always stayed around Alghero. I never really got to see the south of Sardinia, so when I was offered a job there, I was pretty excited!

View of the historical neighbourhood of Castello, Cagliari

Which destination disappointed you the most?

This is a tough one, and I hate to say it, but Porto Torres. The old town is really nice, and so are the people, but the huge industrial port there is an eyesore.

Do you share your trip live on social networks or tell the experience when you come back to home?

I don’t share my trips live, but I like to share my amateur shots on my Facebook and Instagram.

What’s your style of photography?

I don’t think I really have a specific style. I see something I like and I try a few different angles. One thing I usually try is to avoid taking pictures of people. I think it’s because I usually write about the people, and I want the pictures to represent the unspoilt places.

My Nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2020

My nomination goes to another English language blog about Sardinia –

A little bit about the author:

“I’m Jason and this is the place where I share information about the most overlooked island in the Mediterranean. I have spent over two years living in a small town in the north of Sardinia and have explored the island in all directions. In this blog, I want to share everything that I’ve learned along the way. I’m collaborating with my Sardinian friends to bring you a great resource if you ever plan to visit the island.”

The reason I’m nominating this blog is for the style, layout, and sheer amount of useful information it has about everything to do with Sardinia – make sure to give it a look!

My questions:

  1. What activity takes the most of your time?
  2. What’s your favourite thing about your blog?
  3. Did your friends and family give you their support when you started your blog?
  4. What’s the most memorable thing you’ve experienced in Sardinia?
  5. What is the one thing you love most about blogging?
  6. Describe yourself in 3 words.
  7. What do you think is the best thing about Sardinia?
  8. Do you travel with a backpack or with a suitcase? Why?
  9. What is the best tip you could give someone travelling to Sardinia for the first time?
  10. Casu Marzu or Culurgiones?

Thanks again to Matteo for involving me in the Sunshine Blogger Award 2020, and thanks for reading!

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