Inspirational Travel Quotes and Captions for Instagram

Try these inspirational travel quotes and creative trip captions for your Instagram posts.

by Layla
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Whether you’re off on an exotic beach vacation or flying around the world ticking off your travel bucket list, you’ll definitely be taking lots of travel photos. So you’ll need plenty of creative travel quotes and captions for them, to post on Instagram. 
Your family and friends back home will tell you they’ll miss you and they might want to follow along with your adventures. Or you might be an influencer or content creator who needs a collection of travel captions, so you can share content with your followers.

Use inspiring travel quotes or creative travel captions on your travel photos, for more impact on Instagram.

But who has time to think of inspirational travel quotes or clever captions for your Instagram when you’re jet-setting to your next destination or researching your travel itinerary?
I’m sure you’d rather spend your time making memories than feel pressured to write unique trip captions or find inspirational travel quotes for all your photos.
Well, look no further, I have put together this collection of creative travel captions and travel quotes that are perfect for sharing on Instagram. 
Use them now or pin this post and save it for later.
Either way, you won’t need to spend time or energy thinking of travel quotes for Instagram instead, you can get on with having fun on your travels!

Famous Travel Captions and Travel Quotes for Instagram

If you’ve ever spent time joy-scrolling travel posts on Instagram (who hasn’t?), then you’ll also have noticed lots of inspirational and clever wanderlust-influenced travel captions.

Some travel quotes are more famous than others, for example, who hasn’t come across an excess of IG travel photos of people gazing into the distance with a “Not all those who wander are lost” by J.R.R. Tolkien​​ caption attached?

(Yep, that one’s in here too).

So let’s start with some of the better-known and more famous travel quotes and captions:

Travel captions and inspiring travel quotes. Btw, this size image is perfect to upload as an Instagram feed post.


“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”
Asian Proverb

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” — John Steinbeck

“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 harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”
– Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings

“It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”
– Oberyn Martell, Game of Thrones

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”
– Dalai Lama

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
—David Mitchell

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart!”
– Confucius

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
– Anita Desai

“I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.”
— Carew Papritz

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
— Susan Sontag

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.”
— Unknown

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
– Jack Kerouac 


“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”
— Paulo Coelho

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.”
— Hilaire Belloc

“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.”
— Karen Lamb

“Wherever you are, be all there.”— Jim Elliot

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
— Erol Ozan

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
— Robyn Yong

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s OK. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
– Anthony Bourdain

Inspiration travel quotes for Instagram are perfect for adding to your travel photos.


“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
– Anonymous

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
— Freya Stark

“Adventure is worthwhile.”
— Aesop

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, and other souls.”
— Anais Nin

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
— H. Jackson Browne Jr.  

“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
— Antoine de St. Exupery

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
— Mary Anne Radmacher

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
— Saint Augustine

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
– Susan Heller


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Andre Gide

“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
— Sir Richard Burton

“With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding.”
— Sandra Lake

“Travelling – It leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.”
— Ibn Battuta

“What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do — especially in other people’s minds. When you’re travelling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
— William Least Heat Moon

“Travelling is brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all the familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things — air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. All things tend towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
— Cesare Pavese

“The journey, not the arrival matters.”
— T.S. Elliot

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
– Aldous Huxley

“Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.”
– Matthew Karsten

“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.”
— Chinese Proverb

“A tourist doesn’t know where they have been, a traveller doesn’t know where they are going. ”
– Paul Theroux 

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
— Mark Twain

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.”
— Shanti

Use these travel quotes for Instagram.


“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”
— Randy Komisar

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
— Jack Kerouac

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
— Robert Louis Stevenson

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I —  I took the one less travelled by.”
– Robert Frost

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
– Chief Seattle

“I learned a long time ago that trying to micromanage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.”
Anthony Bourdain

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel —  not a destination.”
– Roy M. Goodman

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip.”
– Babs Hoffman

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Gustave Flaubert

“Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown”
– Anthony Bourdain

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Travel as much as you can, and travel as far as you can.”
– Unknown

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times.”
– Asian Proverb


Short Travel Instagram Captions for Vacation Photos

When you need some short, inspirational, travel Instagram captions and light-hearted puns to add to your vacation photos, try these travel captions:

Catch flights, not feelings.

  • Collect moments, not things.
  • Vacation state of mind
  • Wake up in paradise.
  • Life’s a beach.
  • I decided to skip ahead to the part of my life where I travel the world.

What’s on my bucket list? Everywhere.

  • BBN, be back never.
  • I do believe it’s time for another adventure.
  • I need a six-month-long vacation twice a year.
  • Let’s wander where the wi-fi is weak.
  • Beachy.
  • Seek to sea more.
  • Tropic like it’s hot!

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

  • I’m a travel addict on the road to recovery. Just kidding, I’m headed to the airport.


  • We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
  • Selfies or the trip didn’t happen.
  • Beach more. Worry less.
  • Tan lines fade, but memories last forever.
  • Vacation mood: on.

Beach hair, don’t care.

  • On the road again.
  • Paradise isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.
  • Tired travel feet, happy heart.
  • We’re not in Kansas anymore.
  • Rome stole a pizza my heart.
  • I mean, I’m just China have a good time.
  • Eiffel in love in Paris.

You told me it was Chile in South America. But I don’t Bolivia.

Let’s taco ’bout going to Mexico.

  • Left my heart in Morocco.
  • Beach, please.
  • What the shell?
  • Czech out the view!
  • I need some vitamin sea.
  • Don’t worry, beach happy.


  • I’ve found my happy place.
  • Work, travel, save, repeat.

Don’t listen to what they say, go and see it for yourself.

  • Always say yes to new adventures.
  • Maybe you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy plane tickets (and that’s kind of the same thing).
  • This is my resting beach face.
  • Seas the day, travel now.
  • I only collect one thing: stamps on my passport.

Find me under the palm trees.

  • Favourite colour: sunset.
  • Time to explore.
  • Friends that travel together, slay together.
  • We vacation not to escape life but for life not to escape us.
  • It’s not about the destination, but the journey.
  • Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

I travel so my life isn’t disrupted by routine.

  • The only trip you will regret is the one you didn’t take.
  • What is life but one grand adventure?

What is life but one grand adventure?


  • High tides and good vibes.
  • Suns out, buns out.

Wander often, wonder always.

  • Life is not meant to be lived in one place.
  • Good vibes roll with the tides.
  • In a relationship with my passport.

Incurable wanderlust.

  • Work hard, travel harder.
  • Swap your five-star hotel for a million-star view of the sky.
  • Ocean air, salty hair

Creative travel captions for Instagram. Share this image, it’s the ideal size for an IG feed post.


Travel Quotes for Instagram From Famous Authors

As with the more famous travel captions, there are also plenty of travel quotes from famous authors, doing the rounds on Instagram. 

Some of these are from famous travel writers who I admire like Ernest Hemingway, Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson. And there are also a few great novelists and poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Hans Christian Andersen whose famous travel quotes, still feature in our modern travel lives now.


“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote: To travel is to live.”
Hans Christian Andersen

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”
Ernest Hemingway

I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert
To travel is to live.
— Hans Christian Andersen

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment.”
– Hilaire Belloc

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien​​



“I never knew of a morning in Africa, when I woke up and was not happy”
– Ernest Hemingway

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.”
– Jack Kerouac

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.”

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, we can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
– Maya Angelou

“You need not even listen, just wait…the world will offer itself freely to you, unmasking itself.”
Franz Kafka

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by.”
Robert Frost

“There are no foreign lands, it is the traveller only who is foreign.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”
Oscar Wilde



“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”
– Michael Palin

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
T.S. Eliot

“The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveller.”
Franz Kafka

“The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream.”
Jorge Luis Borges

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
— Bill Bryson

“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with different points of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.”
Viktor E. Frankl


That wraps up this post of travel quotes for Instagram.

I hope these Instagram travel captions have been helpful and you’ll find something that makes your travel photos stand out and hopefully get more engagement.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other travel quotes for Instagram or road trip captions that I should add to my list.


Looking for more Instagram captions?
Read this post for some epic road trip captions for Instagram.


Happy & Safe Travels

Alial 🙂 


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