As with everything else in life, naturally, there are different types of travellers, one of which type is that of the laid-back traveller who likes to take things at their own pace. You often see this type of traveller strolling along at a leisurely pace, exploring each of the destinations they visit all by themselves. This type of traveller is prone to falling head-over-heels in love with the slow lifestyle of an island they may perhaps have visited, prompting them to want to move there and perhaps stay permanently.

The seclusion and detachment that comes with living on an island comes at a cost however, but at a cost many people are willing to pay if they’re completely sure of the fact that the island life is for them. One such cost is that of having to put up with not always getting what you may otherwise have become accustomed to by just walking into a store and if you do find some of the stuff you’re accustomed to, it usually costs more because of the need for it to be imported.

That said, whether or not the public transport system on your island of choice is well-developed, you’ll probably need a car. Going through some of the discussion points which were addressed by used Vauxhall Astravan stockist Van Monster in its commemoration of the 80 year history of the Vauxhall Astra, it came to light that this is indeed one of the best cars you could ever buy if you’re living the life of an islander.

There are a number of reasons for this, several of which bring into focus the latest model, the Mk7 which started production last year. It’s overall design is compact, which means getting around what can be some very tight spaces and corners of island roads is a breeze, while the roomy interior is a welcome contradiction to the otherwise compact body. This means you get good mobility without that eating into your interior comfort.

Now, if you choose to go back in time a bit with your choice of a Vauxhall Astra, something which is not uncommon among island dwellers, you’re definitely making a great decision. Even if you went all the way back to the days of the Opel Kadett, the earliest form of the Vauxhall Astra, if you transition through the history of this car’s development you’ll notice that a lot of the basic elements of its design largely remained the same, or are very similar to say the least.

Spare parts are quite extensively interchangeable between the different versions of this vehicle model, which means you won’t have too much trouble with the maintenance. In fact, the spare parts are interchangeable with other models from the same car manufacturer. This in addition to the performance any iteration of the Opel Kadett / Vauxhall Astra gives you, makes this perhaps the most ideal car for the everyday life of someone who has chosen to settle on an island. I mean, it does carry 80 years of developmental history and with each new model upgrade the car set some industry benchmarks which many motorists are still enjoying and benefiting from today.