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Best and worst celebrity road trip companions

Ed Sheeran

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has topped a poll as favourite choice for a travel buddy, with journalist Piers Morgan at the other end of the scale.

Budget Car Rental UK conducted an independent, European-wide survey to discover who we would most like to travel with on a long car journey and hit-maker Ed was No 1 amongst British respondents, while Piers was voted the celebrity Brits would least like to take a road trip with.

The all-time top five celebrity travel companions according to Brits are: hit-maker Ed Sheeran, followed by Will Smith, James Cordon, Peter Kay in fourth place, and The Queen in in fifth.

The stars we wouldn’t want to sacrifice a front seat for are Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan, followed by Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Katie Hopkins and Jeremy Clarkson taking fifth place.

Across Europe, results largely reflected those of the UK, although Jump in my Car crooner David Hasselhoff was an unsurprising hit in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, ranking in the Top 10 in each country. Cristiano Ronaldo, Paris Hilton and Johnny Depp were much less popular in mainland Europe, featuring near the bottom of the list across most countries surveyed.

Alongside the celebrity wish list, the survey also uncovered what Brits love the most about travelling by car on vacation. Most (47%) are enamoured by the surroundings and sightseeing, while 32% simply enjoy the journey itself, and 29% appreciate the flexibility and freedom in their plans that car travel gives them.

UK Top 10 best road trip companions

1 Ed Sheeran
2 Will Smith
3 James Cordon
4 Peter Kay
5 The Queen
6 Elvis Presley
7 Prince Harry
8 Michael Jackson
9 Beyonce
10 Kim Kardashian

UK Top 10 worst road trip companions

1 Piers Morgan
2 Kim Kardashian
3 Justin Bieber
4 Katie Hopkins
5 Jeremy Clarkson
6 Kanye West
7 Cristiano Ronaldo
8 Gemma Collins
9 Paris Hilton
10 Johnny Depp

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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