80+ Dreamy Short Travel Captions for Wanderlusters

Feed your wanderlust with this handpicked selection of short travel captions

Travel can be a transformational experience. You absorb different cultures, meet interesting new people and take yourself way out of your comfort zone. There are iconic sights and majestic scenery to take in and new food to try.

Many of us try to capture these moments as images to preserve those precious travel memories and to share them with friends and family. But when it comes to sharing these photos on social media, wouldn’t it be better if you could add a short travel quote?

There’s an enormous selection of travel captions from which to choose, from the witty to the downright profound. To help you pick the best short travel quote for your journey, destination or travel experience, here is my pick of the best captions to add to your holiday images.

Simply copy your favourite travel quote and paste it into your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook post. To make it easier for you, I’ve split these travel captions into broad categories.

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Inspirational Travel Captions

There are many inspirational travel quotes out there, spoken by poets and philosophers, saints and singers. As travel captions are intended to be short and pithy, I’ve had to exclude some of the best of these quotes.

But if you are seeking further travel inspiration, check out my curated collection of life journey quotes.

1. Not all those who wander are lost.  – J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.  – St. Augustine

3. I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list. – Susan Sontag

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4. With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding. – Sandra Lake

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

These first five short travel captions are among the most well-known travel quotes and are perfect examples of how to convey an important message in one line of text. They are classics for a very good reason.

6. Take only memories, leave only footprints – Chief Seattle


The message of this well-known short travel quote has become increasingly important over recent years. All travellers have a responsibility to be aware of their environmental impact as they explore new places.

7. You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor

I have to frequently remind myself that travelling is an enormous privilege. Living in a rich country and with the disposable income of a single midlife traveller, I can choose to take business-class flights and stay in swanky resorts.

However, some of my richest and most memorable travel experiences have occurred when I have been staying in more modest accommodation and travelling with local people

8. Travel Far Enough, You Meet Yourself. – David Mitchell

9. Live your life by a compass, not a clock. – Stephen Covey

10. Wherever you go, go with all your heart! – Confucius

Another short travel caption that punches above its weight. Travel is not something to approach in a half-hearted manner.

11. Don’t listen to what they say, go see.  – Chinese Proverb

12. The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.  – Wallace Stevens

Fear holds back many travellers, especially those who are thinking of travelling alone for the first time. But worse than fear is the regret that comes with not doing something.

This short travel quote – one of my personal favourites – inspires us to take the plunge.  

13. Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets. – Oscar Wilde

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14. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West

This classic Mae West quote – she is a deep well for travel captions! – is in the same vein. It’s all about living your best life.

15. It Is Better To See Something Once Than To Hear About It A Thousand Times. – Asian Proverb

16. Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it. – Rick Watson

How often have you struggled to describe a place or an experience to someone? A cliché I know, but often words cannot convey what it was like to stand beside Argentina’s Iguazu Falls or to take an epic train journey on the Glacier Express

17. Climb the mountain so that you can see the world, not so that the world can see you. – David McCullough


18. I would rather own little and see the world than own the world and see little of it. – Alexander Sattler

Short Travel Captions about the Journey

Many of the best short travel quotes reflect that the rewards of travelling come not from the destination but from the journey. Sometimes things do not go exactly as planned but this adds to the richness of the travel experience.

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19. It’s better to travel well than to arrive. – Buddha

20. The journey itself is my home. – Matsuo Basho

21. A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. – Lao Tzu

22. The journey not the arrival matters. – T.S. Eliot

23. Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else. – Lawrence Block

24. The only people who ever get any place interesting are the people who get lost. – Henry David Thoreau


25. 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

26. It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway

27. Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. – Roy M. Goodman

28. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way. – Carl Sandburg


Are you looking for more quotes to inspire you on the journey through life? If so, check out these dreamy life journey quotes

Short Travel Quotes About Adventure

Many more short travel quotes reflect the thrill of adventure that comes from travelling. Adventure can assume many forms, not least of which is stepping out of our comfort zone can be empowering, especially as a first-time solo traveller.

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29. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch

30. Great things never came from comfort zones. – Anonymous

31. Two roads diverged in a wood and … I took the one less traveled.  – Robert Frost

32. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide

33. If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal. – Paul Coelho

34. Adventure should be part of everyone’s life. It is the whole difference between being fully alive and just existing. – Holly Morris

35. Jobs fill your pocket but adventures fill your soul. – Jamie Lyn Beatty

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 36. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. – Oprah Winfrey

 37. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. – Helen Keller

 38. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T.S. Eliot

Travel Companions & Friendships

Meeting people whilst travelling is an inevitability and these people can enrich the travel experience. However, the flip side of this is to exercise caution in picking travelling companions.

Loneliness can be a downside of solo travel. However, I have never felt so lonely when travelling as when I chose my travelling companion unwisely.

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39. A journey is best measured in friends rather than in miles. – Tim Cahill

40. Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.  – Hemmingway

41. 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

42. The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. – Shirley MacLaine

43. We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. – Anais Nin

Are you looking for more quotes to inspire you to take your first solo adventure? If so, check out these inspirational quotes about travelling alone

The Transformational Effects of Travelling

At its best, each travel experience and each destination you visit has the power to shape you as a person. Some of the most inspirational travel captions speak of this ability of travel to transform your life.


44. You go away for a long time and return a different person. – Paul Theroux

45. I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world. – Mary Anne Radmacher

46. Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell.  – Libba Bray

47. So much of who we are is where we have been. – William Langewiesche

48. You can shake the sand from your shoes, but not from your soul. – Anonymous

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49. Traveling allows you to become so many different versions of yourself. – Anonymous

50. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

51. Travel has a way of stretching the mind. – Ralph Crawshaw

Short Travel Captions for Instagram or Twitter

Are you looking for a super-snappy short travel caption to embellish your Instagram or Twitter feed? If so, here’s my pick of the best.

Unless stated otherwise, the source of these much-loved short travel quotes is not known.

52. Work hard, travel harder.  

53. Oh, the places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss

54. Don’t count every day, make every day count.

55. Go where your dreams take you.

56. Travel does the heart good.

57. Never stop exploring.

58. Travel is the best education.

59. Time is short. Take time to travel.

60. Travel is not a reward for working; it’s education for living.

61. Say yes to new adventures.  

62. The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.

63. To travel is to live. – Hans Christian Andersen

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

65. Keep calm and travel on.  

66. Work, travel, save, repeat.  

67. Wander often, wonder always.  

68. Finding paradise wherever I go.  

69. One life. One world. Explore it.

70. Let the adventure begin.  

71. Life is a journey, make the most of it.

72. Life is not meant to be lived in one place.

73. Happiness is planning a trip to somewhere new.

74. Just go. Go see all the beauty in the world.

75. This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one. — Paulo Coelho

76. We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfilment. – Hillaire Belloc

77. When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

78. Travel is my therapy.

79. Collect moments, not things. – Aarti Khurana

80. Not all classrooms have four walls.

Finally …

 Adventure is worthwhile.

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About Bridget

Bridget Coleman has been a passionate traveller for more than 30 years. She has visited 70+ countries, most as a solo traveller.

Articles on this site reflect her first-hand experiences.

To get in touch, email her at hello@theflashpacker.net or follow her on social media.