I am in the process of trying to get my first travel assignment, and a travel buddy is such a good idea! Someone to split housing with so you can each save a portion of the stipend, someone to know in a new town, etc. My frined just started a travel assignment in Washington DC and I am looking there HOPING something comes up and I can start before the first of the year. This is quite a learning experience! There should be a travel buddy website specifically for this reason!