Although my current passport has more than 16 months to run, visits to neighbouring countries, such as Laos, Burma, Cambodia, and to China all require a full page for their visas. Our annual visa extension in Thailand also requires a full page, so the 48 pages get utilised pretty quickly.
Whereas previously it was possible to renew a passport at the embassy in Bangkok in a matter of days, UK residents in Thailand are now required to send their passport renewal applications to Hong Kong, and this process takes up to 4 weeks. So during this period I am not permitted to travel. I have nothing scheduled, trying as I do to avoid this busy period when the world and his wife and their offspring are travelling en masse. I just hope that nothing that would require an emergency journey will present itself whilst (so to speak) I am held at Her Majesty's pleasure.