165 Short Instagram Captions You Can Use Today!


If you’re in need of a short Instagram caption to go with your Instagram photo you’ve come to the right place.

Short Instagram captions can be corny, beautiful, inspirational, humorous, reflective, and anything in between. It all depends on how you are feeling and what you want to share with the world. Here are some of our favorite short Instagram quotes to share – feel free to copy and paste!

What is an Instagram Caption


If you’re on Instagram you almost certainly know what an Instagram caption is. It’s the text beneath your photo. It’s here you can type in whatever you want. It’s that space on the internet that is yours! You can use this space for quotes, to share your feelings, ask questions, or relay information to your audience.

Why Make an Instagram Caption Short?

Some of our Instagram captions are long, while some Instagram captions are short. It’s a matter of preference. Sometimes a photo can say all the words and doesn’t need a long Instagram caption. Sometimes, I simply don’t have the time to write a long Instagram caption. Short captions on Instagram can still be fun, inspiring, creative, and thought provoking.

How to write an Instagram caption

The best way to write an Instagram caption is to look at your photo and match the caption to what the photo shows. That means if it’s a photo with mountains, maybe match it with some mountain sayings.

If you are in the photo with your significant other, perhaps you can match it with a romantic quote to convey your love for eachother. Of course you don’t need to use a quote at all. Sometimes it’s best to let the words flow right from your brain to the screen. You can see our Instagram here, for an idea of how we write our own captions.

The Best Short Instagram Captions for Everyone

  1. “How wild it was, to let it be.”
  2. “To live would be an awfully big adventure.”
  3. “Life is about courage and going into the unknown.”
  4. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
  5. “Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.”

Short and Cute Instagram Captions

  1. I liked memes way before they were on Instagram.
  2. I need a six-month holiday, twice a year.
  3. I never make mistakes, I thought I did once. I was wrong.
  4. I think you are lacking vitamin me.
  5. I woke up like this.
  6. If I was funny, I would have a good Instagram caption.
  7. Mentally on the beach.
  8. Now on your screen, then in your dreams.
  9. Oh, I’m sorry. I forgot I only exist when you need something.
  10. Only dead fish go with the flow.
  11. Be you, those who mind, don’t matter, those who matter, don’t mind.
  12. Beautiful people aren’t always good but good people are always beautiful.
  13. Don’t think about the solution, think about the problem.
  14. I’ve found out that time can heal almost anything.
  15. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
  16. Life is better when you’re laughing.
  17. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
  18. More love is needed to say “I hate you” than to say “I love you.”
  19. The more you learn, the less you know.
  20. Things left unsaid stay with us forever.
  21. Don’t study me. You won’t graduate.
  22. I do a thing called what I want.
  23. I don’t want any part-time people in my life.
  24. I embrace mistakes, they make you who you are.
  25. I’m a rainbow, but you are color blind.
  26. Nobody is perfect; I’m nobody.
  27. You look like I drew you with my left hand.
  28. Less Mondays, more Sunshine.
  29. The best time for new beginnings is now.
  30. Let your joy burst forth, like flowers in the spring.
  31. Happiness is waking up to a sunny day during spring.
  32. Girls just wanna have sun.

Short Instagram Captions for Nature

  1. “Go where you feel most alive.”
  2. “There is beauty in simplicity.”
  3. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
  4. “Be kind to everything that lives.”
  5. “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.”
  6. Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!”
  7. “The earth has music for those who listen.”
  8. “I now walk into the wild.”
  9. “The mountains are calling and I must go.
  10. “You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”
  11. “Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet.”
  12. “I am like a waterfall, wild and free.” 
  13. “Life is like a waterfall – always moving.”
  14. “Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”

See more nature quotes here!

Short Instagram Captions for Couples

  1. “Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”
  2. “It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”
  3. “There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
  4. “I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s gonna happen or who I’m gonna meet, where I’m gonna wind up.”
  5. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream”
  6. “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”
  7. “There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
  8. “Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars”

See more couples Instagram quotes here

Short Instagram Captions for Families

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  1. “Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventure.”
  2. “Having kids is a reason to travel, never a reason to stop.”
  3. “The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories.”
  4. “Every day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
  5. “It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”
  6. “A family that travels together stays together.”
  7. “Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living.”
  8. “It is never too early to begin exploring the world.”
  9. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.”
  10. “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.”
  11. “Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.”
  12. “Do More Things That Make You Forget To Check Your Phone.”
  13. “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.”

See more family quotes here!

Short Instagram Captions to Make You Smile

  1. “Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.”
  2. “It takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow. There would be no rainbows without sunshine and rain.”
  3. “Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it.”
  4. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
  5. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
  6. “It takes both the sun and the rain to make a beautiful rainbow.”
  7. “To enjoy the rainbow, first enjoy the rain.”
  8. “Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms”

See more happiness quotes here!

Short Instagram Captions to Share With Your Friends

  1. We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”
  2. “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
  3. “Life was meant for great adventures and close friends.”
  4. “There is a whole world out there. Pack your backpack, your best friend and go.”
  5. “Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.”
  6. “Life movies pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile you could miss it.”
  7. “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
  8. “True friends never apart maybe in distance never in heart.”
  9. “Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.”

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Short Instagram Road Trip Captions

  1. “Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.
  2. “I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.”
  3. “Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.”
  4. “Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason.”
  5. “Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.”
  6. “People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
  7. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”
  8. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.”
  9. “You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise.”
  10. “The road is there, it will always be there. You just have to decide when to take it.”

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Short Instagram Captions for the Beach

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  1. “Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”
  2. “To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.”
  3. “My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.”
  4. “I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.”
  5. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
  6. “To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.”
  7. “A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life.”
  8. You all want to know what my dream is? Very simple. To walk along the beach, holding the hand of my lover
  9. “I love the beach. I love the sea. All my life I live within – in front of the sea.
  10. “I followed my heart, and it led me to the beach.”
  11. “There’s no place like home. Except for the beach.”
  12. “Good times and tan lines.”
  13. “Meet me where the sky touches the sea.”
  14. “Leave footprints of love and kindness wherever you go.”
  15. “Sky above, sand below, peace within.”

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Short Instagram Captions for Travel

  1. “Jobs fill your pocket, Adventures fill your soul”
  2. My favorite thing to do is go where I’ve never been”
  3. “Freedom. Only those deprived of it know what it really is”
  4. “If it scares you ,it may be a good thing to try”
  5. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
  6. “The biggest risk in life, is not taking one”
  7. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”
  8. “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
  9. “I never knew of a morning in Africa, when I woke up and was not happy”
  10. “When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.
  11. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
  12. “You don’t choose the day you enter the world and you don’t choose the day you leave. It’s what you do in between that makes all the difference.”
  13. “Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by.”
  14. “Some people are so poor, all they have is money”
  15. “You don’t have to be rich to travel well. ”
  16. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right”
  17. Yesterday, I believe I never would have done what I did today”
  18. You can, you should, and if you‘re brave enough to start, you will.”
  19. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
  20. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends”
  21. “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world”
  22. “There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
  23. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself”
  24. “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
  25. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
  26. “To Live will be an awfully big adventure”
  27. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
  28. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
  29. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”
  30. I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
  31. “One recognizes one’s course by discovering the paths that stray from it.
  32. “Paris is always a good idea”
  33. “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.”
  34. “A hangover suggests a great night, jet lag suggests a great adventure.”
  35. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.”
  36. “Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.”
  37. “The world is big and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark.”
  38. “The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself”
  39. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
  40. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
  41. “Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.”

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Short Instagram Adventure Captions

  1. “The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.”
  2. “To live would be an awfully big adventure.”
  3. “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”
  4. The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe
  5. “Go where you feel most alive.”
  6. As soon as I saw you, I knew adventure was going to happen”
  7. “If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.”
  8. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
  9. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

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There you have it – our favorite short Instagram captions. Any captions you would add?

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Last Updated on April 7, 2020

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