Looking nice Pieter. Good direction.
Very Airbnb with the cards.
My two cents on some things.
In this context, and for the sake of simplifying my point, there are two types of searchers.
Those who have zero idea where they are going and want to explore.
Let’s call them “Serendipitous Searchers”.
The site layout heavily caters to Serendipitous Searchers, however I’m not sure they are the majority.
The other type are Direct Searchers. They are there to look up a city or region and want to be connected with that functionality asap. I’m not sure the layout supports them equally well.
I would make a global search bar at the top. First thing I wanted to do is just search. Took me a few to figure out the search was over in the sidebar. In general, I would take a pass at putting filtering on the top like AirBnb.
On filtering criteria.
I feel like a majority of people start their city selection criteria based on region.
There’s no way to filter, start your search by region, ex., Southeast Asia, etc.
Cards themselves need more masking. Not enough contrast there to present the text.
Very hard to read the information on the cards and there is too much noise on the cards. Also, images are not retina friendly and look blurred on my screen.
Personally, I would title each card with the city only.
Perhaps, price, but that’s it. Too messy for me and my eyes glaze over with all that competing text and icons.
The format of all that text on one card, followed by the competing cards all using the same pattern, make it impossible for the eyes to scan in any cohesive pattern.
At the very least, if you insist on putting all that text and all those icons on the cards, you have to reduce the weight of the typefaces with supporting details (weather, wifi, etc.,) - right now they are all Proxima-Nova Bold and thus, there is no contrast and all the information is being broadcast at the same frequency.
Hope that helps man.