I call it "Losing the Plot."
I think yes, and no. Part of travel for some involves total immersion in the culture. try to learn the lingo, dress local, eat local. I think there's a lot of pleasure in that for a lot of folk.
Then you get the real crazies who have baked in the sun too long. Saw a lot of grizzly, sun baked pensioners in Goa, India, and they looked like they'd spent the last 20 years boozing and getting high on the beaches, and had skin like a worn out leather sofa with half its stuffing pulled out.
I have a pragmatic approach to local clothing. one of the key 'rules' of survival/ wilderness travel is that local people probably evolve the best tools to get by in their environment. I have a great book by Chris Ryan, former SAS, about survival. He states that, aside from airport restrictions, it is better to buy a knife when you land where you're going. In Nepal, a Khukuri is probably the best knife to have, in africa you want a machete etc. Your swiss or german knife isn't adapted to the local wilderness.
He tells a great story of being in Siberia in his ultra-hi-tech hundreds of pounds gear-shop precision-engineered boots and then growing a layer of ice on the inside and giving him frost-bite. The Russian guides used bear-skin, and their feet were just fine.
Bit off-topic, but my point is, sometimes local clothing is better. Sometimes, you just look like a prat.
Yes Vic, you must allow me to live and let live, this is my opinion, there is no reason to not tell my opinion.
Andy Graham the HoboTraveler.com