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This Tool Can Make Sure You Pick The Best Airbnb In The Safest District of The City

This Tool Can Make Sure You Pick The Best Airbnb In The Safest District of The City

You’ve decided it’s time for a getaway, you’ve booked the flights and like many thousands of people, Airbnb is your go-to accommodation site. But once you get deep into your search, it can soon become time-consuming. Filtering out by price or specific location still brings up an array of choices that takes time to go through. Not to mention needing to research whether the district you’ve chosen is safe for tourists to stay in.

We can always use a mix of our own personal travel experience and judge by the photos online but can we really rely on the place being as described or even if it’s located in a tourist-safe area?

The Tool to Solve Your Airbnb Problems

Beñat Arregi has developed a platform that will help people understand where the best located Airbnb places are according to the people who have stayed there.

The maps are produced using the star-rating system that Airbnb customers submit to after staying in an Airbnb accommodation. Each rating represents their overall perception and feel for the area and what this platform does is mark the rating as a colour-coded spot on the map of each city.

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The advantage of this is a quick and easy reference to define the best locations. This means no more secondary research into whether the location is safe enough and gives a solid feel from other users that it’s a definite yes or no.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using Airbnbmaps

The advantage of using this tool is it can help Airbnb users to quickly identify good quality accommodations and make sure it’s in a safe area at the same time.

The amount of different cities is gradually increasing but there are already well-established maps for more popular places such as London, Paris, New York and Sydney.

First, pick the map of your visiting city and you’ll see dots of different colours: red, orange, yellow, light green and dark green. Red represents the lower 1-star ratings while dark green represents the 5-star ratings – the other colours show all in between.

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Let’s use London as an example.

Here you can see the overall map showing most 5-star ratings (green dots) are in the centre.

    Once you have the map you can either zoom in closer to see more specifically where the dots are located or alternatively type in a specific area if you have one in mind.

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    Here, the area of Covent Garden has been typed in and the map shows the location of all the rated Airbnbs.

      All you have to do is zoom in and hover over any dot to reveal the address and rating of each place. Once you’ve found one you’re interested in, simply click on the dot and it will provide you with a link straight to the Airbnb listing on the main site.

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        Listing on main Airbnb site:

          The idea of this tool is to bring together elements of location, safety and quality of Airbnb accommodation in one convenient place. This makes it much easier for people to find a decent and well-located place to stay in a city they may not be familiar with.

          At the moment, access to these maps are free of charge and growing by the day. Just don’t forget to rate your Airbnb place to help others find a great ‘home away from home’ to stay on their holiday!

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          Last Updated on July 17, 2019

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

          What happens in our heads when we set goals?

          Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

          Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

          According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

          Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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          Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

          Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

          The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

          Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

          So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

          Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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          One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

          Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

          Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

          The Neurology of Ownership

          Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

          In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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          But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

          This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

          Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

          The Upshot for Goal-Setters

          So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

          On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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          It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

          On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

          But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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