There are several apps that can help make sure you never feel disconnected when on the road. Our Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
What's a tourist to do? Based upon your preferences, "Peek" will give you a rundown of activities and tours at your destination, including what to do at night, on a budget and with kids.
"Around Me" is a fun and simple resource that shows you what's in your vicinity; banks, bars, hotels, hospitals, restaurants and attractions.
No worries about being connected for this one. Download Trip Advisor's "City Guides" for offline viewing, which solves the problem of roaming charges or locating a steady Wi-Fi signal. Each of its nearly 100 cities includes categories such as restaurants, attractions, hotels, reviews and self-guided tours.
Stumped when you're trying to speak another language? Here are two ways with words. "iPronunciation" allows you to enter the text in question, or focus your camera on signs or menus for instantaneous translation.
For more of a dialogue, "Verbalize It" connects you with real human beings - fancy that - who won't be tongue-tied. Although the app is free, to connect with their team of translators, purchasing calling minutes ranges between $10 and $100.
Searching for an off-the-grid travel tip? "Findery," an iPhone app in beta testing stage, allows people across the globe to share notes about the world around them, wherever they are. Travelers post geo-tagged notes overlaid on a map, using text, images, videos and sound files.
Curate your own archive of reading material in advance of your trip with "Pocket." Forward links from your web browser, Twitter or other apps to read when you are offline.