Just like there is a house for every buyer, there is a loom for every bead weaver.
One of the best quality looms, for the price, can be found at beadlooms dot com, IMHO. You look for a good strong build, warp tension control and maybe a base to hold your bead cups. Other then that, you can move into other loom styles and price ranges, but to start, look for the qualities I just mentioned. If you feel a small wire loom may be your best deal at this time, consider bolting it to a flat piece of wood so it does not twist while looming and add an extra washer so the rollers keep their tension. Other than that, enjoy your travels. Much has changed in the bead looming catagory!