I always get asked for directions.
I find it particularly humorous in foreign countries.
I think it's because I'm running and they assume a runner knows where they are going.
When in my case it simply means I'm taking wrong turns at a faster pace. :)
We must have empathic &/or knowing faces.
That lady looking for Parklawn though. Wow!
I figured it couldn't just be me! I'm not usually running when it happens though. I guess lost people probably look for people who look non-threatening, confident about where they're going, not busy with children, and not wearing earphones or absorbed in an electronic device. That describes me most of the time although I'm still surprised at how often people approach me (and you too, apparently) in places I don't know well - or at all.
The same thing happens to me all the time, too. In other places, including foreign countries sometimes. I gave directions in Copenhagen when I was there last - I was so glad they asked me for directions to a place I knew! They were German and were amused by my American accent on my English until I explained I wasn't Danish...
Your assessment (non-threatening, not busy) is probably correct and describes me too.
Ditto! My husband and I were asked for directions in the UK more than once last fall when we were doing our bike tour. Interestingly, we seemed to spend a lot of time studying maps each day, but were never asked for directions when we had the map open.... because then we looked like lost tourists!
That is true. Opening up a map is more likely to attract people who want to help *us* with directions!