First, breathe. It’s not that bad. I am lucky, not only because I got to travel, but because current events have turned in my favor.
Businesses need experienced people who know other cultures, have a desire to learn, are motivated, speak another language, and are willing to move around, all of which are qualities I possess.
It was only five years go that taking a year off was considered career suicide, but for me I considered it career boost- a sign of independence, motivation, and ambition.