Kiev, which is the national capital, is located 190 miles (306 kilometers) west of Sumy.
It is common for visitors to use Sumy as a starting point for further adventures. Kiev - Central Ukraine has plenty of sights and attractions.
Travelers looking for those special places to reflect upon life's great mysteries, will love the chance to spend time in the region's cathedrals.
Pack your own equipment or rent it locally, and make the most of the region's water sports. Swimming is a popular activity. Another one is boating.
There is nothing that opens understanding in this incredibly diverse world of ours in the way language can, so take the time to practice a couple of key Ukrainian phrases before you head off. "Chočeš zi mnoiu potanciuvaty?" ("Would you like to dance with me?") is useful. And, using "Zvidky vy?", which translates to "Where are you from?", can really make you look good.
Independence Day falls on the 24th of August, so if you're lucky enough to be in Sumy then, take a break from sightseeing and join in the local festivities with locals.
At the end of your holiday in Sumy, say farewell the way Ukrainian's do, with a heartfelt "Do pobačennja."