Balashov isn't the only spot in Saratov Oblast worth exploring; visitors should also take a day trip or two to experience the charms of the nearby scenery, cities and towns. You may also wish to check out Muchkapskiy, 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the southeast, and Elan' 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the northwest.
Those who have traveled a lot have learned that an excellent way to get the most out of a vacation is to memorize some useful words and phrases in the native language. "Xotite potancevat?" is Russian for "Would you like to dance with me?" "Where are you from?" is also useful, so learn to pronounce "Otkuda ty?"
Russia Day is celebrated on the 12th of June, so if you're lucky enough to be in Balashov then, put aside your sightseeing and spend the day celebrating with locals.
All things have to end, but be rest assured, when you're ready to say "Poka!" to Balashov, you'll have plenty of wonderful memories to keep forever.