Most of the time, it is hard to completely pass for a native when travelling. If you can't blend in, embrace looking like a tourist and some locals will be more likely to help you with directions or recommendations.
Image from Nick Page
Erica Ho from Map Happy explains:
People are more inclined to stop and help you. I don't know if it's because I feel somewhat inclined to give some of the karma back, but if I'm not in a rush and I see a group of people hanging out by a street corner with a map and a guidebook, I'm more apt to stop by and ask if they need some help.
Erica Ho mentions several other reasons standing out as a tourist can aid you during your travels. Check them out in the full post via the link below.
Advantages of Looking Like a Tourist [Map Happy]