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Route 66 is our favourite road-trip, but who is our ideal travel companion?

The Mother Road

Published 19/08/2015 | 13:57

David Rawle as Martin and Chris O'Dowd as Sean Murphy in Moone Boy.
David Rawle as Martin and Chris O'Dowd as Sean Murphy in Moone Boy.
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Map of Route 66, USA
Route 66
This is it: the Granpappy of all road trips. Nothing beats the 'Mother Road', as novelist John Steinbeck dubbed it in The Grapes of Wrath. It's like a time-tunnel into retro America: think diners, soda fountains and motor courts.
Credit: Lonely Planet Images/ Witold Skrypczak

Route 66 has been voted Ireland's ultimate road trip in a new survey by Hotels.com.

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38pc of respondents in the survey said they long to drive the Mother Road, the famous highway connecting Chicago to LA.

In keeping with the American theme, a further 27pc of Irish people surveyed said they would love to take a road trip along California's Pacific Coast Highway, while 18pc dream of taking to the open road along the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Chris O’Dowd is our ultimate road trip companion, the survey suggests, with one in five respondents saying they would love to have man behind Moone Boy in their passenger seat.

James Corden was second (19pc) while 13pc opted for Dara O’Briain.

Read more: Route 66: In search of America's Mother Road

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Route 66: The Mother Road

Asked what were the most essential things to bring on a road trip, 83pc said a great playlist, followed by sunglasses (52pc) and snacks (48pc).

The top travel tunes were AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, followed by Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’.

The survey, which polled 256 Irish adults aged 18+, also asked respondents where they went in the car on holidays as children.

France was the popular destination for a family driving holiday while closer to home, Kerry was the most popular Irish destination for a road trip.

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