I originally asked this on travel.stackexchange.com, but someone suggested that here might be a better place for it:
I graduated from university in July 2013, and have been working as a software engineer since December 2013. My first role was a 6 month contract that ended up being extended by a couple of months. My current position is a permanent role, but since joining this company (about 15 months ago), I have been contracted to one of their clients in the Defence industry (UK).
For a number of years, I have been very keen to do some 'proper' travelling, i.e. travelling for several months all in one go, rather than the odd trip to another country for a week while on annual leave.
I thought that it was probably best to get some professional experience after finishing uni, rather than go travelling then, so that in theory it should be easier to get a job in the future.
It now looks like my employer's contract with the client that I'm working for at the moment will probably be coming to an end fairly soon, and so I'm thinking that now might be a good opportunity to go and do some travelling for a year or so.
What I'm wondering is, how much would doing this be likely to affect my prospects of getting a job when I finish travelling? All of the careers people I spoke to while I was in education told me that having too large a gap of 'unemployment' can hinder you from getting jobs later down the line... is this actually the case?
If not, why not? If so, maybe it's just a case of weighing up how much I want to travel vs the 'security' of having stable employment?