journey-proud adj chiefly Sth, S Midl

Excited and restless at the prospect of a trip. [EDD (at journey sb. 6)] Cf proud adj

1891 AN&Q 8.27, I have heard New Englanders speak of a person as journey-proud, meaning that one is so elated on the eve of a journey as to care nothing for food. 1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.555 nwNC, Journey-proud. . . So excited over the prospect of a journey that one cannot eat or sleep. . . Old people. Rare. 1969 Emmons Deep Rivers 59 eTX [Black], Journey-proud. . . But who ever did so well describe the sleeplessness, loss of appetite, and general excitement which one experiences on the eve of a trip? 1969 Tennessean (Nashville TN) 2 Nov sec E 1, Journey-proud. . . Southerners, brought up with the phrase, will understand what I mean. . . There’s a delicious complex of emotions and activity centered around getting ready to go on a trip. Ibid 6/1, Being journey-proud is wrapping all these vague, unspelled-out, and nameless but genuine elements around one’s shoulders. 1972 DARE File, Journey-proud—pleased and excited over a journey. Said to be “Old South.” Used by a woman of 55–60 years, born and lived in Arkansas, with family background from Virginia. 1973 Patrick Coll. cAL, Journey proud—fussily eager to start going.
Conceited because one has traveled.

1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.555 seNC, Journey-proud. . . Acting in a superior manner because one has travelled. . . Common. 1965 Dict. Queen’s English 8 NC, She was so journey proud when she returned from the city she couldn’t stop talking about her trip.