We traveled to Rome on a whim over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. It was a completely unexpected journey, as travel arrangements were made about a week before we left. Ellen and I were so busy, we didn't plan ahead much. Instead, and as usual, we decided to go somewhere and let fate (cost?) guide our travels. By examining a few different low-cost airfare Web sites, we were able to find tickets to Rome for $50 a piece. Of course, beautiful Emma flew free.