Mira, excellent response.
I feel like, for better or worse, people are judged by how they look
and treated accordingly.
Dead on topic. Lets not confuse looking like a tourist with being a slob. That is yet another topic.. And treated accordingly could mean better than average in some places. But I have to remind myself that I dont travel to locations that are burned out on tourists.
Not by all, and not always maliciously, but it’s there. The
unscrupulous will try rip off the obvious tourists more than people
that look more unobtrusive.
Dead on topic. And especially true in areas where tourists have become a food group for the jackals.
Nice people you meet briefly may only recommend “touristy” things to
you thinking that’s what tourists want when maybe you want to go to
the market and eat weird dishes.
Dead on Topic. With this my experience has been a bit to the opposite, in that I have run into some of that, but at least they were trying to be helpful, but mostly suggestions for places off the beaten path.
Also, I’m a bit reserved and self-conscious so I don’t like standing
out in a crowd. Generally blending in allows you to observe your
surroundings rather than make the surroundings about you. I don’t want
to be the focus, I want to be a part of the natural flow of a place.
That I get 100%. Especially true if you stay out of tourist venues.
Finally in some cases it’s a matter of respect. Following cultural
norms (modest clothes in conservative countries or religious
buildings, dressing up where expected like theaters) shows respect for
your destination. The Tourist look is not always appropriate.
Not sure what the "tourist look" is the clothes I wear are what I wear at home and they are all sold in then city I visit.
But dressing respectfully I also get 100%; but you might get some pushback here on part of it. I dont know how many times I have see the question "what can I get away with wearing at the opera" to which the responses are, "they wont throw you out if you wear jeans and a t-shirt". Well, its not about being thrown out, its about respect.
But let me give you a similar situation to consider. I suspect that my boots and hat at the Opera might get more push back from Americans commenting on tourist behavior in Europe than an Indian woman wearing a Sari to the Opera ... and google the Indian PM photo when he met with the president. They are both respectful but without trying to be something they are not.
But all good for consideration.