So, you’ve found the most Instagram-worthy spot at your dream vacay destination. The lighting is perfect, your outfit is on point, and the angles are just right. Once your photo-editing skills have been put to the test, you’re ready to hit post. In all the excitement, it’s easy to just rush through the caption and type the first thing that pops into your head. But believe it or not, captions are a great way to express your experience in just a few sentences that can make or break your post.

Before you get to typing a quick caption, here are a few tips on how to create an awesome vacation caption for Instagram – and maybe even get that follower count up!

#HashtagWisely

Instead of using only generic hashtags (#vacay, #friends, #fun … you get the gist), do some searching in the hashtag section of Instagram to see what smaller subgroups or communities pop up. Using hashtags with a smaller following may sound counterintuitive, but can help your post stand out from the crowd. Also, interacting with smaller communities on Instagram is a good way to increase your engagement, which can mean anything from people commenting to liking your post. Instagram’s algorithm will push posts with more engagement to the top of everyone’s feed, so even more people will be able to see it – #hooray! It’s also a good idea to mention your locations or to tag any account that’s relevant to your photo, so if you’re at a new restaurant or coffee shop, anyone searching for the account on Instagram will hopefully see your post.

Keep it Brief

Keeping it short and sweet is key to a successful Instagram post. A punchy line or two will make you stand out among the seemingly endless content that Instagram has to offer, and will make your post look a lot cleaner. You don’t want to be one of those ‘Grammers that posts paragraphs of written content under their latest selfie. When it comes to your vacay photos, keeping it light, fun, and to the point is the way to go. If you’re hardpressed to think of anything clever, try to find a pun or even use a fun song lyric – as long as it relates back to your adventures and photos!

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Be Yourself

Being authentic and letting your true sense of humor, thoughts, and opinions come through your post will make you stand out from the crowd. Sometimes, a little preparation and research could go a long way in planning out your captions. You don’t necessarily have to follow the latest hashtag trends or only go to the most popular places to create a successful caption, but preparing in advance can only help in the long run. Once you’ve found flight deals to your destination, do a little research about some of the places you’re going to be seeing and do a little mental planning in advance! It’s never too early to start thinking of vacation caption ideas.

Emojis Are Your Friends!

emojis jumping out of phone

Ah, emojis — whether you hate them or love them, using just the right amount may help your post out big-time. On one hand, emojis can be a great tool for conveying expression and emotion in your caption. On the other hand, using too many can quickly become overkill. Knowing how to use those cute little guys to your advantage can be a great addition to your post and bring a flood of likes in — which let’s face it, is what we all want.

Grammar Check

Use ‘Gram-worthy grammar every time you post! When scrolling through a feed of photos there’s a lot to take in, and clean, short sentences will engage users to stop and notice your post. Be punny! Use those corny puns your dad makes at awkward moments. Funny puns grab attention, especially if it’s relatable to your post. But before you go cracking jokes on your next Instagram post be sure the grammar is correct, because a wrong comma can ruin the intention of a funny joke!

Got any vacation caption ideas for your next Insta post? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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Gabby Teaman

Gabby Teaman is a content writer who loves writing (of course!), editing, food, and the Oxford comma. When she’s not writing for Fareportal, she can be found Snapchatting videos of her puppy, blasting show tunes, or watching Netflix, all while trying to read everything in sight.