35 Inspirational Quotes, Perfect for Instagram Captions and Stories

The two things I absolutely love are inspirational quotes and travel. I’ve decided to use pictures from my travels to create 35 inspirational quotes, perfect for Instagram captions and stories. Please feel free to share my quote images in your Instagram feed!

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Inspirational Quotes About Adventure:

Do you get inspired when you read quotes about adventure in social media posts? Even if you’re having a bad day it can feel good to see real people out there showing off a life worth living.

It’s always a good idea to use inspirational Instagram captions when you want to share pictures of a beautiful adventure in a beautiful place.  

Hawaiian Islands with Quote

“Actually, the best thing you could’ve given her was a lifetime of adventures.” ~ Lewis Carroll 

This picture was taken from my balcony at Turtle Bay Resort in North Shore, Hawaii. (Fun fact: If you have ever watched the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, it was filmed here.) To read more about Hawaii, check out the post “How to See 4 Hawaiian Islands in 7 Days.”

Inspirational Quote about adventure

“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” ~ Ewan Mc Gregor

I captured this view on a trip to Yorktown, Virginia. If you want to read more about that fun historical adventure, read “Have you Heard About the Historic Triangle“. 

Inspirational Quote about Adventure

“Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not things to show.” ~ Unknown

This image was created by my friend Laura from Forests For Their Future. I love her recent post about How and Why to Slow Travel as a Family. She shares some amazing travel adventures! 

Inspirational Quote about Adventure

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It’s lethal.” ~Paulo Coelho

During my trip to Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii I went on a private helicopter ride. It’s a great way to experience the island!

Check out this Instagram post or this Facebook post for more really cool pictures from that helicopter adventure. Honestly, this is probably one of my favorite inspirational quote images that I’ve created.  

Inspirational Quotes About Being Yourself:

One of the most beautiful things in life is when you feel like you can be yourself. The good news is I have a few inspirational Instagram quotes to help you feel confident about doing that!   

Inspirational Quote about being yourself

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

These flamingos are from the Nashville Zoo. Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit in the US. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, then you need to read “Top 10 Things to See and Do in Nashville, TN“.  

Inspirational Quote about Believing in Yourself

“If you have a strong belief in yourself, in what you are doing and what you want to do, no adversity is too difficult to overcome.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Boulder Field is located in Hickory Run State Park in my hometown, Pennsylvania. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before! You can see and read more about it in this Instagram post or this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quote with Sunrise

“The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.” ~ Gena Amole

I watched a sunrise for the first time in Virginia Beach with my best friend. It was my favorite option from the post “7 Cheap or Free Things to do in Virginia Beach When you Can’t go to the Beach.” Friendly reminder: integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. Be yourself and make good choices. 

“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou

This image is from the Nashville Zoo. I couldn’t resist capturing this guy! I think it’s one of the best captions about being yourself. Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit in the US. If you’re planning a trip there, then you need to read “Top 10 Things to See and Do in Nashville, TN“.  

“You are enough.” ~ Maya Angelou

I actually took this shot of artwork at the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania. This museum is in my hometown, and I’ve enjoyed going there many times over the years. Check out this really funny Instagram post about when I took my dad to the Art Museum. 

Inspirational Quotes About Direction:

Do you ever feel lost? If you are being true to yourself then you are always in the right place. Sometimes you need some inspirational Instagram captions about finding direction in life so your future self can be proud of you for making good choices. 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Don’t be afraid to take that first step! This image was created by my friend Kate from Adventures Without a Roadmap. Kate always does a great job of creating inspirational quote images. Make sure you check out her awesome post about her Grand Canyon Hike

Inspirational Quote about exits

“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.” ~ Tom Stoppard

I saw this intriguing gate at the most amazing resort in Guatemala. Check out The Best of Guatemala Guide for more pictures from the beautiful Hotel Atitlan. I visited that hotel on a day off during my “Guatemala and El Salvador: Mission’s Trip“.

Inspirational Quote about growth

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” ~ Abraham Maslow

This picture was taken at the Rose Garden in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I first visited the Malcolm Gross Rose Garden as a child and I still love going to see it. For more amazing pictures from the gardens you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quote about when nothing goes right

“When nothing goes right… go left.” ~ Martha Cecilia

I captured this view on the very popular tourist attraction, Road to Hana, in Hawaii. It is a long tour with lots of opportunities for capturing Instagram photos. If you’d like to know more about Hawaii, read “How to See 4 Hawaiian Islands in 7 Days.”

Inspirational Quote about time

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24 hour days.” ~ Zig Ziglar

The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is an amazing landmark that I mention in How to Have an Epic Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post for more amazing pictures of the interior of the clock tower.  

Inspirational Quote about not staying in one place

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” ~ Rachel Wolchin

I took this picture at the Wildlife Reserve, in Savannah Georgia. It was such a cool place to discover and I’d recommend visiting if you’re in the area. Check out “10 Unforgettable Things You Need to Do in Savannah Georgia” to see some awesome things that Georgia has to offer!

Inspirational Quotes About Motivation:

Motivational quotes are my favorite, especially when I’m facing tough times. They can remind you to keep going and keep putting in the hard work when you are outside of your comfort zone. 

Inspirational Quote about excitement

“If thinking about it makes you excited, imagine actually doing it!” ~ Anonymous 

This awesome capture was taken on my last trip to Paris. To find out some really interesting things you never knew about the Eiffel Tower, read “Paris: Eiffel in Love With Travel”

Quote: Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ~ Earl Nightingale 

This super cute outdoor space is at an amazing hotel I stayed at on my first trip to Paris. The hotel was a very small private hotel, which I highly recommend when you travel abroad. For some excellent tips and tricks for finding hotels read “Top 5 Things you Need to Know when Finding a Hotel.” 

Inspirational Quote about good ideas

“Good ideas and bad ideas both come from the same fountain of speculation and experiment.” ~ Shaun Tan

This picture was taken at Forsyth Park, which is one of the most photographed places in Savannah, Georgia. For some amazing things Georgia has to offer, check out “10 Unforgettable Things You Need to Do in Savannah Georgia.”

Inspirational Quote about success

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” ~Zig Ziglar

Nashville is one of my favorite places to visit in the US. I took this picture inside of Marathon Village. Something about the view and the lighting really seemed intriguing to me and I love it with this inspirational quote. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, then you have to read “Top 10 Things to See and Do in Nashville, TN“.  

Inspirational Quote about changing the world

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

This picture was taken in Yorktown, Virginia. If you want to know more about the three legs of the Historic Triangle, then you should read “Have you Heard About the Historic Triangle.”

Inspirational Quote about discipline

“Discipline is the bridge between goals & accomplishment.” ~ Jim Rohn

I have a “thing” for bridges so when I saw this bridge in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania I had to get it. When I saw this inspirational quote, I had to pair it with this image. For more amazing views of Jim Thorpe, check out the post, “The best Fall Destination in the Pocono Mountains“. 

Inspirational Quote about problems

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” ~ Albert Einstein

This is one of my favorite inspirational quotes and images. This was taken during a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas then you have to read “6 Awesome Things to Do in Vegas Besides Gamble.” 

Inspirational Quotes reap what you sow

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

This view was captured at a winery in Georgia. They have so many amazing wineries there. For pictures of my favorite winery in Georgia, you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quotes About Life:

In life sometimes it is the small things and sometimes it’s the simple things that matter most. Take a little time to reflect on these inspiring quotes. 

Inspirational Quote about love

“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.” ~ Josephine Baker

I took this picture at the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in Paris, France when I was on my way to one of the amazing French restaurants. To see more of the “Locks of Love Bridge” and read about why it isn’t there anymore, you can check out this Instagram post. 

Inspirational Quote about climbing the mountain

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ~ David McCullough Jr.

Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile to experience better things. This picture is from Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, Nevada. I highly recommend seeing Red Rock yourself. If you are going to visit Vegas then you have to read, “6 Awesome Things to do in Vegas Besides Gamble.” 

Inspirational Quote about your journey

“This is the journey of your life. Don’t try to explain it to others, because only you can see it.” ~ Nitin Namdeo

I love this inspirational quote and image from Nitin Namdeo. I think Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania is one of the best places to experience the fall foliage. For more awesome pictures of Jim Thorpe you should check out, “The best Fall Destination in the Pocono Mountains“. 

Inspirational Quote about being Grateful

“We’re all so busy chasing the extraordinary that we forget to stop and be grateful for the ordinary.” ~ Brene Brown

This image was created by my friend Kate from Adventures Without a Roadmap. We both love traveling, inspirational quotes, and Brene Brown. Make sure you check out her website to see how she found gratitude during the quarantine in her Silver Linings post.  

Inspirational Quote about the beach

“When I follow my heart it leads me to the beach.” ~ Anonymous 

Are you a beach lover? I can’t think of a better way to spend a day relaxing. This is one of the beaches I visited in Mexico. For more views of the beach, check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quote about Stained Glass Windows

“People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

The Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania is fairly close to where I used to live, so I’ve visited it many times. It’s a great place to take your children. I took this picture in my favorite section of the museum, the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection. To see more pictures from that section of the museum, you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quote about showing up in every single moment

“Show up in every single moment like you’re meant to be there.” ~ Marie Forleo 

This picture was taken in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I love Myrtle Beach because I have family there, the beaches are beautiful, and there is so much to see and do! This is one of my favorite quotes. I even have it on my bathroom mirror so I’m reminded of it daily. 

Inspirational Quotes About Being Brave:

The best way to make yourself proud is to be brave. Everyone feels fear, but being brave means doing it afraid. The important thing to remember is that the answer is always “no” unless you try.  

Inspirational Quote about walking alone

“Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” ~ John Mayer

The only thing that kept me sane during lockdown was hiking. Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Easton, Pennsylvania is a cool place to hike. To see more pictures of the sanctuary, you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quote about looking back

“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?” ~ Caroline Myss

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit Rome, Italy. During the lockdown, I created a “Virtual Trip” to Rome for a fun day with my children. You can see more about my actual trip and our virtual trip in, “How to Travel Virtually From Your Home to Rome.” 

Inspirational Quote about Courage

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ~ Brene Brown

My friend Kate from Adventures Without a Roadmap took this picture and created this image. Make sure you check out her website to see her travels and her cool adventures with disc golf! She also has a ton of Instagram quote posts you can share. 

Inspirational Quote about Risk

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

Personally, I find this to be a really inspiring quote. This picture is from the Rose Garden in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I first visited the Malcom Gross Rose Garden as a child and I loved it. If you’d like to see more pictures from the gardens you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

“In life, courage is sometimes to enter through the door and sometimes it is to walk out the door.” ~ Mehmet Murat ildan

I took this picture at the Pantheon in Paris. For more information about the Pantheon and a really cool closeup picture of the doors, check out this Instagram post or this Facebook post.  

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