Trying to pick the perfect Instagram caption or quote for your next travel gram? Avid social media users shouldn’t underestimate the power a caption can play in the success of your photograph, so we’ve compiled this list of quotes for Instagram so you can pick the best caption, every time.
If you’re trying to target a specific audience and grow your following, there are a number of techniques you can use (without buying traffic). The app Focalmark, for example, uses a mix of research and a ranking algorithm to suggest the best hashtags for your photographs.
You can target viewers based on everything from the equipment you used to capture the image. Are you an iPhone photographer shooting #landscape_captures, or a #nikonphotography devotee featuring images you took #wheninIceland?
Travelers can connect with other bloggers, publications, and companies in the industry by tagging their photos with popular hashtags, including Travel + Leisure’s own #TLPicks.
Emojis are another useful tool to use – with moderation — in your Instagram captions. They may be used to save space (the camera emoji concisely assigns photo credit) or create a clever pun (rather than writing “I’m nuts about this destination,” employ a single chestnut emoji).
And of course, there are hundreds of meaningful, inspirational travel quotes. Using a well-loved quote like Anthony Bourdain’s “Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown” or Susan Sontag’s “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list” can help you connect with your desired audience.
From A to L, these are the puns, quotes, and hashtags that you should be incorporating into your social feed.
A – Instagram Captions
Taking a romantic trip for your anniversary? We love these quotes about, well, love.
“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” — Maya Angelou
“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart). I am never without it.” — By E.E. Cummings
“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Elizabeth Browning
You don’t need to be on safari to capture the local wildlife (though a trip through Africa should be on any animal-lover’s bucket list).
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” –James Herriot
“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though.” – Benjamin Hoff
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.” – W.H. Auden
“Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.” – Freya Stark
“What is art anyway?” – Georgia O’Keeffe
B – Instagram Captions
We’re all in favor of a life-changing solo trip. But traveling with a best friend or a family member can be just as impactful. From best friends to brothers (not to mention clever brunch puns and beach quotes) these are the “B” Instagram captions to keep in mind.
Best Friend Captions
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison
“On the beach, you can live in bliss.” – Dennis Wilson
“Don’t grow up too quickly, les you forget how much you love the beach.” – Michelle Held
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” – Rachel Carson
“Brothers don’t let each other wander in the dark alone.” – Jolene Perry
“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore.” – Hindu proverb
“But first, brunch.” – Anonymous
“Brunch without champagne is just a sad breakfast.” – Anonymous
“Hakuna Mimosa. It means, ‘it’s brunchtime.’” – Anonymous
“Like our wines, our love could neither mature nor travel.” – Graham Greene
“It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you.” – Toni Morrison
“The reason it hurts so much to separate is because our souls are connected.” – Nicholas Sparks
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea…” – Antoine de Saint Exupéry
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
“To reach a port we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
C – Instagram Captions
Any cat pun (Caturday, claw-some, or mewment, for example) can bring humor to what we can only imagine is already a hysterical cat photo.
“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: make them follow you.” – Ray Bradbury
“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud
“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So, today is my ne favorite day.” – A. A. Milne
Bring a bit of festive spirit to your holiday photographs with these famous quotes about Christmastime.
“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” – Washington Irving
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.” – Anthony Bourdain
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
D – Instagram Captions
“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it.” – Martha Graham
“A party without cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child
“May you eat an unfamiliar dessert in a strange land at least once every three years…” – Rob Brezsny
“Life is uncertain. East dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer
E – Instagram Captions
Eating and exploring are both intrinsically tied to traveling. These are the quotes to add to your favorite food and adventure travel photos.
“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.” – W. Somerset Maugham
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf
“Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.” – Art Buchwald
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
F – Instagram Captions
“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry
“There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more…secure.” – Jim Butcher
“A person needs at intervals to separate from family and companions and go to new places. One must go without familiars in order to be open to influences, to change.” – Katharine Butler Hathaway
Funny Captions About Travel
“Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas — take your next trip in kilometers.” – George Carlin
“Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations.” – Elizabeth Drew
“Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.” – Anonymous
G – Instagram Captions
Heading to the links, or celebrating your degree with a post-grad getaway? Check out these popular quotes about golf and graduation.
“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan
“Of all hazards, fear is the worst.” – Sam Snead
“The tassel was worth the hassle.” – Anonymous
“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – George Fairman
“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
H – Instagram Captions
“Remember this: that very little is needed to make a happy life.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” – Lawrence Block
“Remember that happiness is a way of travel — not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman
“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” – Anonymous
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” – John Hope Franklin
I – Instagram Captions
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” – John Donne
“If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home.” – Malala Yousafzai
“You have to remember how the islands move. If you forget that, you’re lost.” – Mau Piailug
J – Instagram Captions
Jumping Photo Captions
“You can’t always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes you must dare to jump.” – Anonymous
“You have got to jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury
Fourth of July Quotes
“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” – George Bernard Shaw
“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus
K – Instagram Captions
You can get very granular with your Instagram captions (think: quotes about your kayaking trip or sipping mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby).
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” –A.A. Milne
“The Sun shines not on us but in us. The Rivers flow not past, But through us.” – John Muir
“Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe.” – Henry David Thoreau
“As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.” – Katherine Hepburn
Kentucky Derby Captions
“Until you go to the Kentucky Derby with your own eyes, behold the Derby, you ain’t never been nowhere and you ain’t never seen nothing.” – Irvin S. Cobb
“Money, horse racing, and women: three things the boys just can’t figure out.” – Will Rogers
L – Instagram Captions
Photographs with your loved-ones on vacation, of laughter, and of experiences that seem only possible with the influence of luck: these quotes can help you describe less tangible moments.
“I would say laughter is the best medicine. But it’s more than that. It’s an entire regime of antibiotics and steroids.” – Stephen Colbert
“Laughter is an instant vacation.” – Milton Berle
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings
Lakes are like Earth’s eye — or perhaps Earth’s heart, depending on who you ask. Either way, these thoughtful quotes are ideal captions for snapshots from your annual lake vacation.
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.” – Lao Tzu
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” – Pico Iyer
“Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment.” – Lily Leung
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
Luck Captions (H3)
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.’ – Dalai Lama
“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy
“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes, you are ready.” – Ernest Hemingway
“I’m sitting in the railway station. Got a ticket to my destination.” – Simon & Garfunkel
“Walking fast, faces pass and I’m home bound” – Vanessa Carlton
“Goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things that I may never see again.” – Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson