And you thought YOUR travel plans got messed up?

The Great Boxing Day Blizzard of 2010 is still wreaking havoc in the Northeast. But if you’re stuck waiting for a flight or ride home, you can console yourself with Amy Stein’s fantastic photos of other travelers who aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Stein spent five years crisscrossing America to capture these images of stranded motorists. (“In this series,” she explains, “the car serves as [a] symbol of American destiny and a literal representation of the personal breakdowns on the road to that promise.”) The photographer also traveled that proverbial extra mile and uploaded the images to Google Maps. The result is a virtual breakdown that spans the entire continent.

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