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 them!

Inspirational Quotes About Adventure:

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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 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 in Yorktown, Virginia. If you want to see more about 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. Visit her website to see some of her amazing travel adventures. 

Inspirational Quote about Adventure

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

While I was at Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii I went on a private helicopter ride.  Check out in this Instagram post or in this Facebook post to see more really cool pictures from that helicopter adventure. Honestly, is probably one of my favorite inspirations quote images that I’ve created.  

Inspirational Quotes About Being Yourself:

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. 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. 

Inspirational Quote about being normal

“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! 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“.  

Inspirational Quote you are enough

“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:

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

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 this Instagram post to see 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 Malcom Gross Rose Garden as a child and I still love going to see it. If you’d like to see 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. If you’d like to know more about Hawaii, read about “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 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:

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”

“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. If you’d like to see some great 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. To see more amazing views of Jim Thorpe, read 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. To see pictures of my favorite winery in Georgia, you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook post.  

Inspirational Quotes About Life:

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. To see more of the “Locks of Love Bridge” and read about why is isn’t there anymore, you can check out this Instagram post or in this Facebook 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.

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. I think Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania is one of the best places to see the fall foliage. For more awesome pictures of Jim Thorpe, read the post, “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 travel, inspirational quotes, and Brene Brown. lol 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 

This is one of the beaches I visited in Mexico. To see more views of the beach, you can 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 their is a light from within.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

The Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania is fairly close to where I live, so I’ve visited it many times. I took this picture in my favorite section of the museum, the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection. To see more pictures from my favorite 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 inspirational quote is one of my favorites. I even have it on my bathroom mirror so I’m reminded of it daily. 

Inspirational Quotes About Being Brave:

Inspirational Quote about walking alone

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

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 the post, “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 website to see her travels and her cool adventures with disc golf! 

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

This picture is from the Rose Garden in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I first visited the Malcom Gross Rose Garden in 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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