As written in Bamidbar 33, we read of the 42 places in which the people were encamped. I know that some have attributed the 42 encampments to the 42 letter name of Hashem. But I wanted to know the literal meaning of each of the 42 places and what was the lesson the people learned while they were there.
Here is a rough draft I wrote which suggests both the roots of each place name, and a personal life-journey interpretation (it is too long to post here as an answer): I believe that most life-patterns are universal and applicable on many levels, so the same basic pattern would be true on a personal level and on a national level.
One source I found which interprets the place names is Maor V'Shemesh here, but he does not go through the complete list.