Scott Mallon

It’s been sixteen years since I have moved to Thailand. For the past ten years I’ve worked in the country as a photojournalist, four of which were also spent training professional boxers and matchmaking boxers.

I am a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a member of The Ring and the Yahoo boxing panel as well as I have written and shot photos for HBO Sports, The Bangkok Post, Maclean Magazine, Mandala Magazine, Ring Magazine, Boxing Digest, Boxing 2007, Boxing News, Fight News, The Fist,, Black Belt Magazine and The Phuket Gazette to name a few.

An avid traveler, I have traveled to thirty-five of the fifty United States and visited thirty countries. In early 2013, I plan to take a trip around the world. The trip will be filmed as a documentary.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

Generally I travel out of Bangkok, Thailand, where I live with my wife and two children. I might go somewhere for a few days, a few weeks, or even a month or two and I have no problem working on the road. Most of the time the work I do can be done anywhere. I'm always working, mostly just to stay busy, but work is something I enjoy!

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

Envious is a bit strong, perhaps. People ask me why I live in Thailand and travel around, and how I manage to do so, but people are becoming more aware it's possible to make a living outside of their home country. So envious, no, curious, yes.

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

In Indonesia and the Philippines, both because of boxing articles I've written for Ring Magazine. Most of the time though, I can go anywhere without any problem. That's how I like it. I have never been one for fame — I prefer security to fame or popularity.

Which three items would you never travel without?

Money, a debit or credit card, and my iPhone. You always need cash and a debit or credit card can come in handy. The iPhone carries my podcasts, music & videos and keeps me entertained during downtime.

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

If I buy anything, it's usually small, as I travel light. It might be a shirt for myself, or a couple of nicknacks for my wife and kids, but whatever it might be, it has to be light, small and easy to carry.

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