Hostelling International has released a new iPhone app that allows travelers to browse HI's network of 4,000+ hostels, read reviews, and book on the go.
Using geolocation technology the app finds the closest hostel to wherever you are. If you want to explore the wonders of, let's say, San Francisco, the app lists HI's three San Francisco hostels -- including their features, reviews, and rates -- and plots their coordinates on a map, so you can choose one that's close to the sights you want to see. If you feel like venturing outside the city, the app can tell you where to find HI hostels along the way -- like the Marin Headlands Hostel to the north of the city, or the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel to the south.
With the explosive growth in mobile applications, the ability to make quick decisions, change plans, and stay informed while on the road is changing the way we travel. By enabling users to find hostels and book beds on the fly, HI's global network of hostels is joining the revolution!
For more awesome apps, check out this list complied by Hostelling International that details more free and cheap travel apps.